Like it or not, winter is coming. It’s time to get prepared for whatever it will bring!
Follow these tips for staying safe:
1. Have fun outdoors.
- Before heading out, complete a trip plan and leave it with friends or family. Start your adventures early in the day in case you encounter problems so we can find you in daylight.
- Get trained for your adventure and stay within your limits.
- Take survival essentials with you and equipment
- 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.
- Be careful when completing fall cleaning activities. Use equipment such as ladders and chainsaws safely.
2. Be safe indoors: Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms work, get your furnace serviced and don't leave burning candles unattended.
3. Check your family emergency kit: Gather basic emergency kit items, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water, extra medication, pet food and blankets.
4. Get your vehicle ready: Get your vehicle serviced. Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle.
A final note....hazardous material drop offs at the fire hall are becoming a problem. Some of these drop offs are occurring during weekend duty shifts when members are there and can redirect them. Other times, hazardous materials are being dropped off more secretly. Redwood Meadows Emergency Services is not set up to accept hazardous materials – please do not leave them at the fire hall. The Bragg Creek Waste Transfer Station is equipped and welcomes you to bring your waste, recycling and hazardous material drop offs to them during regular hours.
Until next month, stay safe.