Be prepared for severe winter weather
The Swift Current Fire Department is reminding the public that the best way to deal with severe winter storms is to be prepared and to know what to do.
As Saskatchewan’s winter weather can be treacherous, they are providing the following safety tips:
- Create an emergency kit. Every home should have one. Consider stocking up on heating fuel, ready-to-eat food and water, along with a flashlight and radio. Visit www.GetPrepared.ca for a complete list of emergency supplies to include in your kit.
- When a winter storm hits, stay indoors. If you must go outside, ensure you dress warmly, with water-repellent apparel, mittens and hats. Most body heat is lost through the head.
- A blizzard or blowing snow can produce virtually zero visibility and you can easily lose your way. Never walk outside in a blizzard to another building unless there is a rope to guide you or something similar you can follow.
- Ice on branches and power lines can break due to the weight of the ice and fall on you. Never touch power lines, as a hanging power line may be charged and you could be electrocuted.