Snow can be lethal
Snow can be deadly, if it blocks escape routes, plugs stove vents or obscures address markers.
Accumulation on buildings can also take its toll, as some farmers have learned lately.
Municipal authorities are reminding residents to be aware of potential seasonal safety hazards.
The South Glengarry fire department reminds people to ensure that furnace vents are not obstructed. The accumulation of snow can cause vents to become blocked, and cause carbon monoxide to enter the home.
Also if you have a fuel-burning appliance, you are required to have a working CO alarm.
Also you still require two ways out of your home. Check snow accumulation around secondary exit doors. All secondary exit doors and outdoor stairways should remain free of snow so that in the event of a fire, the exit isn't blocked. Do you have two ways out?
The department also wants people to do an identity verification.
As you drive around the countryside, try to
read your neighbours’ civic numbers and compare them to yours.
If you can not read yours, get out your shovels and see that it can be easily observed by emergency response agencies.
“Please help us help you,” says the department.
BE SEEN: Civic numbers are effective when they can be easily seen.