Emergency Preparedness Week

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 6 to 12, 2018

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is an annual event that takes place each year during the first full week of May. This national event is coordinated by Public Safety Canada, in close collaboration with the provinces and territories and partners.

You're invited to our Emergency Preparedness Week Open House Saturday, May 12 from 11 AM to 2 PM at the Operations Centre Fleet Building, 1118 North Railway Street. 

Join local Emergency Responders as they teach us how to prepare for an emergency event in our community.  Enjoy a free barbecue, prizes with lots of on-site emergency and safety demonstrations.  RCMP are even bringing out their helicopter!  You will also learn how to make your family a 72 hour emergency kit as you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. 

Learn how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.

72 Hour Kit

Use the provided guides and information sheets to create your own emergency plan.   These basic steps will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.

What to Put in Your 72 Hr Emergency Kit

Fire Services
Ph: 403-938-4066

Municipal Enforcement Services
Ph: 403-938-8913

*In an emergency call 9-1-1

For more information on Town Protective Service areas, click Public Safety.

Preparing for an emergency

Here are further resources on how to prepare for an emergency.

Emergency Preparedness Resources:
Safety Tips
Summer Fire Safety

It is possible to enjoy a sizzling-hot summer without getting burned! When the time comes to haul out the barbecue, camping equipment and lawn mower, give some thought to this advice from the Fire Commissioner's Office; it could keep you a lot safer this summer.

Barbecue with care

Barbecuing is an enjoyable activity during the warmer seasons, but this enjoyment can turn to disaster unless proper safety precautions are taken. Follow these safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable barbecuing season.

Gas barbecues
Follow the manufacturer's instructions when fitting the gas cylinder to the barbecue. Use proper wrenches to tighten connections. Hint: Fittings on old style propane cylinders have left-hand threads and are tightened by turning counter-clockwise. New style propane cylinder fittings do not require a wrench and tighten clockwise.

  • If your barbecue connection area has an "o" ring, check it every time you connect the cylinder. Replace missing, cracked or damaged "o" rings.
  • After connecting the gas supply hose to the barbecue, open the propane cylinder or natural gas supply valve. Check for gas leaks by applying a soapy solution over the connections and hose. Soap bubbles will form if there is a leak.
  • If a leak or fire occurs, turn off gas supply valve immediately.
  • If using a match, always light the match before turning on the gas to prevent an excessive gas buildup. If the barbecue is equipped with an electronic igniter, follow directions on the control panel.
  • Always ensure that the cylinder valves are fully open or fully closed.
  • Propane cylinders MUST be retested every 10 years. If you are refused a refill, chances are your cylinder is past the retest date. Recertification of the tank can be arranged through most propane filling stations.
  • Avoid a possible fire or explosion " NEVER light a gas barbecue with a leaking hose, a leaking connection or with the barbecue lid closed.
  • Never store extra propane cylinders under your barbecue or inside any structure. Excess heat may overpressure the cylinder and cause it to release propane form the cylinder relief valve.
  • When transporting a cylinder, secure it in an upright position with a safety plug (a POL plug) in place. Keep the trunk open to allow air circulation. A POL plug will prevent gas leakage when the valve is accidentally turned on, and is available through your local dealer.
  • Prevent grease from dripping onto the hoses or cylinder as grease build up could be a potential fire hazard.
  • Ensure all valves are turned off when the barbecue is not in use.

Charcoal barbecues

  • Use only an approved fire starter fluid designed for barbecue grills. Do NOT use gasoline. Store the remaining fire starter fluid in a safe place.
  • Be sure that fire-starter fluids are not accessible to children as they are poisonous when swallowed. Special childproof caps are available at your local dealer. Solid fuel fire starters or electric fire starters are also available.
  • Prevent fire hazards by keeping the barbecuing area free of twigs, dried leaves and paper products such as paper cups, plates and napkins.
  • Place the charcoal barbecue in a well-ventilated area as poisonous gases, especially carbon monoxide are released from burning charcoal briquettes.
  • Before disposing of charcoal ash, ensure it is thoroughly extinguished. Live coals or hot embers can start a fire; be very careful!
  • Under the Alberta Fire Code, the use of solid fuel (charcoal or wood) barbecues is not permitted on balconies in buildings with more than two dwelling units.

General information

  • When buying a barbecue, select one that bears the CSA or ULC label. Follow manufacturer's instructions and if needed, have it repaired by a trained professional
  • Keep barbecues away from anything that can burn such as your home, car, dry vegetation, deck rails, wood balconies, etc.
  • Use long-handled barbecue tongs and brushes to put extra distance between yourself and the intense heat of the barbecue.
  • NEVER allow children to use or play around a gas barbecue.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher, baking soda and water available to put out an accidental fire.
  • Do not wear loose clothing near a barbecue as flaming grease can ignite clothing.
  • When barbecuing, protect yourself by wearing a heavy apron and an oven mitt that fits high up over your forearm.
  • If you get burned, run cool water over the burn for 10 to 15 minutes. DO NOT use butter or salve on burns: they seal in heat and can cause further damage to the tissue. If you suffer a serious burn, with charred skin, for example, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Never use barbecues inside.
Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!

Home fires kill eight Canadians a week. While these fires represent 40 percent of all types of fires, they are responsible for 73 percent of fire deaths. Most of these deaths could be prevented by taking a few precautions.

Follow these tips from Fire Prevention Canada to help protect you and your family from home fires.

Every month

  • Test your alarm: Press the button on your smoke alarm and keep it pressed down. The alarm should sound.
  • If your alarm has no button, it is outdated and must be replaced.
  • Another way to test the alarm is by holding a freshly extinguished candle under it. The alarm should sound within 20 seconds.
  • Let air circulate to get rid of the smoke and allow the alarm to turn off.

Twice a year

  • Change the batteries in all smoke alarms twice a year (for example, when you change your clocks in the fall and spring).

Every two years

  • Take the cover off and clean it with a damp cloth.
  • Carefully vacuum the inside of the alarm.
  • Put the cover back and make sure the alarm is working.

Every 10 years

  • Replace your smoke alarm. Some models last as little as 5 years.

If the smoke alarm is not working

  • Replace the battery.
  • Check fuses and circuit-breakers, or call an electrician. There may be an electrical problem in your home.
  • If these steps do not help, the alarm may be defective. Replace it immediately.
  • When you take out the alarm battery, always replace it with another one immediately.

Fire safety also depends on every member of the household knowing what to do and on having an escape plan. If you do not have an emergency plan, take a few minutes to create one today.

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada in cooperation with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, with information provided by Fire Prevention Canada.

Is Your Home Safe When You Go On Vacation?

For many people, summer means vacation and a vacation can mean leaving your home for a longer period of time than usual.

Many people who go on vacation wonder if their house will be safe while they are away. When you go on vacation, the last thing you want is a phone call telling you that your house was robbed- or even worse- coming back from vacation and discovering damage and loss. Here are some tips for securing your home.

  • Before you leave, check every door and window to make sure that everything is locked and sealed, including your garage door, shed, and basement windows. Also, make sure that you have no spare keys lying around that are "hidden" under a mat or under a rock. Burglars know where to look and a key gives them easy access. If you have a sliding window or door, put a piece of wood or a long metal rod on the track so that it can't be pushed open.
  • Set timers on lights outside of your house. The darker it is outside your house, the more appealing it is going to be for burglars because they cannot be seen. Also, timers help give the impression that someone is home.
  • Make sure that your newspapers and mail are picked up or put on hold. If papers and mail are piled up outside your house, it is obvious that someone has not been home for a while.
  • Leave some blinds or drapes open. If your house is completely closed off, it is going to look like no one is there. If you make it appear more normal, it is less obvious that you are away.
  • Arrange to have a trusted family member, neighbour or friend to check on your home. Even if it means having them going into the house to water the plants, they can take a peek around to make sure that everything is okay.
  • Going on a vacation is an excellent reminder to ensure you have an updated inventory of household goods which may include appliances, jewellery, firearms, and other valued items.
  • If you have any cash, jewellery, or any other valuables in your home, take them out and put them in a safety deposit box. It costs money for this service, but it is far better than if someone were to break into your home and find your valuables.
  • If you are a firearms owner, please ensure you secure and store all firearms in accordance with the Firearms Act and Regulations.
  • Set timers on electronics inside your house. Put one on a lamp or even a radio. If someone is watching your home and sees that there is no activity going on inside your house, it is a clear indicator that you are not home.
  • Make sure that your home security system is on. Don't forget to tell your friend or family member the code so that they do not set off the alarm when they check on your home.  

A vacation is supposed to be a relaxing time. There is no reason why you should have to spend time worrying about the safety of your home, as long as you make sure to take the necessary precautions.

Assess — Then Address

Assessing your home’s security is an important initial step in crime prevention. Essentially, your home should look protected, well-maintained and appear to be occupied at all times. Visit the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and complete their checklist, most homeowners will find that there are many areas requiring attention.

This tip has been brought to you by Public Safety Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, with information from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Summer Safety

Summer is a time for family road trips, outdoor fun in the sun and hopefully lots of great weather.

Here are some simple reminders to prepare for safe summer days:

Stay cool in the heat: Keep cool and hydrated and minimize your time in the sun between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Drink plenty of water, find shade, visit cool buildings, slow down, bathe in cool water and wear light-coloured clothing. Never leave children or pets inside a parked vehicle. When the outside air temperature is 23°C/73°F, the temperature inside a vehicle can be extremely dangerous – more than 50°C/122°F. More sun safety tips here

Wear the right helmet:  Everyone is encouraged to wear a helmet when cycling, inline skating and skateboarding. The additional cushioning in a helmet could save your life. In bicycle mishaps, the forehead usually makes first contact with the ground. With skateboarding, falls are more common and helmets are specifically designed to protect more of the back of the head. Unlike bicycle helmets, skateboard headgear is also designed to protect against multiple falls, whereas bicycle helmets should be replaced after one crash. Visit the Canada Safety Council for more info.

When thunder roars, go indoors: Stay inside for at least 30 minutes after the last rumble of thunder. If you can hear thunder, you can get hit by lightning. Take shelter immediately in a sturdy, fully enclosed building with wiring and plumbing. If no solid building is available, you can take shelter in a metal-roofed vehicle. Read more about severe summer weather.

Stay safe while camping: If strong winds, hail or a tornado is developing while you are camping in a tent or tent-trailer, move to the closest building or a hard-topped vehicle. Make every effort to get to a suitable shelter.  If no shelter is available, seek refuge deep in a thick stand of trees in the lowest-lying area. Environment Canada has more summer weather safety tips.

Avoid the bugs – and their bite:  Avoid being outdoors at dawn or dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Keep in mind that ticks are often found along trail edges, mostly in wooded areas or tall grass.  Light-coloured clothing is less attractive to mosquitoes and allows you to see ticks more easily. Registered insect repellents containing DEET can be used safely when applied as directed. Health Canada's last review of DEET products was supported by the Canadian Paediatric Society.

Pack an emergency kit: You may have some kit items already, such as a flashlight, a wind-up radio, food, water and a manual can opener. Make sure they are organized and easy to find in case you need to evacuate your home. Make a kit to go in a backpack. Whatever you do, don't wait until a disaster is happening to make a kit. Check out how to put together an emergency kit.

Keep food fresh: Chilling food properly is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of food-borne illness. Leftovers should be chilled promptly, but remember to throw them away if they have been out at room temperature for more than two (2) hours. Keep the fridge at 4◦C (40◦F) or below and use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature. Check out these food safety tips for leftovers.

Make a (safe) splash: Never leave a child unattended in water, not even for a second.  Pick the best time of the day to swim and avoid swimming at night and in stormy weather. The Canadian Red Cross offers tips for all kinds of water activities such as water parks, backyard pools and hot tubs.

Stay safe on the roads: Canada has nearly 900,000 kilometres of road — enough to circle the globe 22 times! Transport Canada is our resource on road safety, especially when travelling with children.  Every year in Canada, about 10,000 children (from infants to 12-year olds) are hurt or killed on the roads. Make sure your children are always buckled-up properly while in the car, even for short trips. And remember, the back seat is always the safest place for your children.

Connect with care: Don't mention going away on vacation in your social networking status updates. You may also want to delete messages from friends who mention these things to avoid the possibility of someone robbing your home while you're away. Avoid geotagging photos. Most smartphones and many digital cameras automatically attach the exact location where a photo was taken – and when you share it online, the geotag can give away your address or let criminals know that you're on vacation, which could make your home a target for break-in. More tips here: www.GetCyberSafe.ca

Heat Waves

Do you know how to spot the difference between heat cramps, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion? Read our safety tip to find out how to keep cool this summer as the temperature rises.

Anyone can experience heat stress. The health risks are greatest for those over the age of 65, infants and young children, people with chronic illness such as breathing or heart problems, those who work or exercise in the heat, and those who are overweight. Heat illnesses are preventable.

During Heat Waves:

  • Drink fluids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Slow down! Your body can't function as well in high temperatures.
  • Cool down in cool store, public library, or community pool.
  • Shade heads and faces with a loose-fitting ventilated hat or umbrella when outdoors.
  • Dress appropriately in light-weight, light-coloured, and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid getting sunburned. It decreases the body's ability to cool.
  • Never leave infants, children or pets inside a parked vehicle.
  • Remember to check on elderly family members, neighbours and friends to make sure they are comfortable and safe.

Common symptoms and treatment of hot weather illnesses:

Heat Cramps

Symptoms include sharp pains in the muscles caused by salt imbalance resulting from the failure to replace salt lost with excessive sweat.

Treatment: Move person to cool, shaded area to rest, and apply firm pressure to cramping muscles. Give person two glasses of salty water (mix 5 milliliters of salt to 1 liter of water) at 10 to 15 minute intervals between each glass if cramps persist.

Heat Exhaustion

Symptoms include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, headache, diarrhea, muscle cramps, cold and clammy skin, low blood pressure, disorientation and possible vomiting. These are caused by excessive loss of water and salt.

Treatment: Move patient to cool area to rest, provide salty water, and cover person if shivering. The person should rest in bed until recovered. Seek medical attention immediately.

Heat Stroke

Symptoms include a core body temperature greater than 40ºC, complete or partial loss of consciousness, reduced cognitive function and cessation of sweating (hot and dry skin), dilated pupils, and elevated blood pressure. Skin may be flushed at first, later ashen or purplish.

Treatment: Heat stroke is very serious. Call 911 immediately and while waiting for the ambulance, move the person to a cool place and sponge body with cool water while letting the water evaporate to reduce body temperature.

Sun Safety for Children

Your child can sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. During a heat wave, limit outdoor activity to cooler morning and evening hours and never let infants or young children play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller, or carriage.

If out in the sun, limit their exposure time as much as possible and apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher. Pay particular attention to the areas that are most exposed, such as the face, lips, ears, neck, shoulders, back, knees, and the tops of their feet. Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours or more frequently if your child has been involved in vigorous activity that could potentially remove the product, such as swimming, toweling or excessive sweating.

Don't forget to put a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses on your child. When deciding on sunglasses, look for a label that says ANSI or CSA approved for sun protection and that are labeled as "UVA and UVB blocking", "100% UVR protection" or "UV 400". They will provide almost complete protection against eye damage from the sun.

Dress children in tight woven, light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing, preferably in cotton to absorb sweat. Give small amounts of water frequently.

This safety tip was prepared by Public Safety Canada in collaboration with Environment Canada and Health Canada.

Fraud: Recognize it. Report it. Stop it.

Fraud concerns all Canadians. It threatens our families, our businesses, our bank accounts and can cause tremendous stress and personal turmoil. It also threatens our national economy and strengthens organized crime groups. The impact on individuals, families and businesses can be devastating: retirement savings, homes, businesses, and in some cases, lives, have been lost. While fraud losses are serious, the good news is that the majority can be prevented by identifying the methods used by fraudsters.

Through out the month of March the RCMP will be posting a new tip on their website every day that will help reduce your chances of being victimized by fraud. Topics covered will include identity theft, phishing, online shopping, social networking and credit and debit cared fraud.

The RCMP encourages everyone to be careful and to be alert to possible fraudulent activity.

For more information on fraud prevention, visit:

Back to School Safety and Planning for Emergencies

Now is a good time to review back-to-school safety with your children and check school safety policies. Here are six tips for a safe return to school:

  1. Review your family emergency plan and check emergency kit supplies
    Sit down with your children to talk about different kinds of emergencies and review your family emergency plan. Talk about what to do and where you will meet if you are not together when an emergency takes place. Involve your children in preparing an emergency kit or checking your emergency supplies to make sure you have key items on hand and check expiry dates on batteries and food. Use this list as your guide.
  2. Be aware of school emergency procedures
    Make sure you read information from the school about their plan for emergencies, emergency procedures and alternate locations should an emergency take place. Also be sure to check that the school has current emergency contact information for your children, including work, mobile and home telephone numbers.
  3. Watch for children walking, cycling and coming off school buses
    Children are small and easily distracted, and for drivers, this can create dangerous situations on the roads. Be vigilant and alert behind the wheel, especially in school zones. You never know when a small child might step out from between parked cars or off a sidewalk. And parents, take time to remind your children about crossing the street safely, wearing a helmet while cycling, and staying safe on buses.
  4. Review school bus safety
    Make sure children don't arrive too early at the bus stop where they can wander or get distracted. Make sure children wait well away from the road and stay back until the school bus makes a full stop and the doors open. Explain that children must walk at least three metres (10 feet) away when crossing in front of the bus so the driver can see them. When driving your car near a school bus please note that extra caution is needed. On an undivided road, it is illegal to pass a school bus when the signal lights are flashing. Children are often crossing the road at that time. Drivers must proceed with caution once the signal lights have stopped flashing.

    Children should follow the bus driver's instructions, and here are some general rules for when on the bus:

    • Take your seat as quickly as possible and sit properly, facing forward at all times.
    • Keep your head, arms and everything inside the bus. Don't throw anything out the windows or around in the bus.
    • Talk quietly. The driver must concentrate to drive the bus safely.
    • No fighting, shouting or playing in or around the bus.
  5. Obey crossing guards
    A crossing guard is there to keep children safe. If you come up to a set of lights while driving, and the light turns green, but the crossing guard still says stop, follow his/her direction and not the traffic light. There might be a child still crossing the street that you can't see.
  6. Be allergy aware and pack safe school lunches
    When packing lunches for your school-aged children, make sure you're being allergy aware. And if your kids pack their own lunches, help them be allergy aware, too. The main allergens to watch for -- because they're responsible for the majority of reactions in Canada -- are peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, soy, seafood, fish, wheat, eggs, milk and sulphites. Reactions range from mild skin irritations to loss of consciousness, and in the worst cases can be fatal. Check out Health Canada's tips for packing safe lunches.

    This tip has been brought to you by Public Safety Canada.

Preparing an Emergency Kit for Your Car

Slippery or snow-covered roads, reduced visibility and bitter cold: these are all conditions that can make driving difficult and even dangerous during cold weather months. Winter also brings an increased risk of getting stuck in your car, so dress warmly before heading out.

Follow these tips to learn about winter driving risks and prepare an emergency kit for your car.

Exercise extra caution when driving in these winter road conditions:

  • Blizzards: The most dangerous of winter storms, combining falling, blowing and drifting snow, winds of at least 40 km/h, visibility less than one kilometre and temperatures below -10°C. They can last from a few hours to several days.
  • Heavy snowfall: Refers to snowfalls of at least 10 centimetres in 12 hours, or at least 15 centimetres in 24 hours; accumulation may be lower in temperate climates.
  • Freezing rain or drizzle: This can lead to ice storms, with ice covering roads, trees, power lines, etc.
  • Cold snap: Refers to temperatures that fall rapidly over a very short period of time, causing very icy conditions.
  • Winds: They create the conditions associated with blizzards, and cause blowing and drifting snow, reducing visibility and causing wind chill.
  • Black ice: Refers to a thin layer of ice on the road that can be difficult to see or can make the road look black and shiny. The road freezes more quickly in shaded areas, on bridges and on overpasses when it is cold. These areas remain frozen long after the sun has risen.
  • Slush: Wet snow can make for slushy roads. Heavy slush can build up in the wheel wells of your vehicle and can affect your ability to steer. Large trucks and buses can blow slush and snow onto your windshield, leading to a sudden loss of visibility.

Follow these tips if you are stuck in the snow:

  • Try to stay calm and don't go out in the cold. Stay in your car: you will avoid getting lost and your car is a safe shelter.
  • Don't tire yourself out. Shovelling in the intense cold can be deadly.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
  • Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible.
  • Turn on the ceiling light; leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.

 Prepare an emergency car kit

Always have winter safety and emergency equipment in your car. A basic car kit should contain the following:

  • Food that won't spoil, such as energy bars
  • Water—plastic bottles that won't break if the water freezes (replace them every six months)
  • Blanket
  • Extra clothing and shoes or boots
  • First aid kit with seatbelt cutter
  • Small shovel, scraper and snowbrush
  • Candle in a deep can and matches
  • Wind‑up flashlight
  • Whistle—in case you need to attract attention
  • Roadmaps
  • Copy of your emergency plan

Items to keep in your trunk:

  • Sand, salt or cat litter (non-clumping)
  • Antifreeze and windshield washer fluid
  • Tow rope
  • Jumper cables
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Warning light or road flares

Print or download the Emergency Car Kit list. Cross items off the list as you put them in your car.

To learn more about road safety and winter driving, visit Transport Canada

These tips have been brought to you by Public Safety Canada, in cooperation with Transport Canada.

Winter Safety Indoors and Out

Canadian winters are famous for being cold. The mercury keeps dropping, and suddenly, the bears aren't the only ones hibernating!

While it's true that many of us spend more time indoors in the winter, there are also those who embrace the outdoors, the snow and cooler temperatures.

For many parts of Canada, winter can mean bitter cold and winter storms that bring high winds, icy rain, or heavy snowfall.

This winter, get prepared for whatever the season will bring, whether you are indoors or out.

Follow these FIVE tips for staying safe in a Canadian winter:

  1. Get informed and go outdoors.

    Are you eagerly awaiting your chance to hit the slopes? Dreaming of making tracks with snowshoes? Check out AdventureSmart.ca to help you plan for a safe and enjoyable outing, whatever your passion. AdventureSmart.ca encourages everyone to follow the three T's: Trip planning, training and taking the essentials for any outdoor adventure. Here are some key tips for winter adventures:

    • Before heading out, complete a trip plan and leave it with friends or family. You can find a template online at AdventureSmart.ca http://www.adventuresmart.ca/trip_safety/planning.htm
    • Get trained for your adventure and stay within your limits.
    • Take survival essentials with you and equipment like a communications alerting device in case of an emergency. In avalanche terrain, for example, essential equipment includes a probe, beacon and shovel.
    • Wear a helmet when skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Dress in layers to avoid hypothermia and keep your head, ears and hands covered to prevent frostbite.
  2. Stay safe indoors

    Winter is a busy season for fires in Canada. That's why it's important to be mindful of fire prevention and safety. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, don't leave burning candles unattended and if a pot catches fire while cooking, put a lid on it. Read more tips.

  3. Check your family emergency kit

    You likely have some basic emergency kit items already in your home, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home.

    Use this checklist to help put your kit together.

  4. Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle

    Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle. Refresh the supplies for winter. For example, add an extra blanket or new food items. Use the following list for ideas.

  5. Check weather reports

    When severe winter weather threatens, Environment Canada issues special alerts to notify Canadians in affected areas so that they can take steps to protect themselves and their property. Check out Environment Canada's page on winter weather to learn more about the various weather alerts

Winter may be cold, but it doesn't have to be dangerous -- stay warm and safe and enjoy your winter, inside and out!

This tip has been brought to you by Public Safety Canada.

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