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Weather Safety

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The best advice in regards to weather safety is to have a plan in case of an emergency situation. Bad weather can happen in an instant so knowing you have a plan in place can save you undue stress and safeguard your family.

What should you do during a.....

 Heat Wave
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages to stay hydrated
  • Avoid strenuous activities. If you must, reschedule for early morning or late evening
  • Dress accordingly. Light-colours and lightweight fabrics will help keep you cooler
  • Spend time in air conditioned places. Visit a library or a shopping mall to get some relief from the heat
  • Check on elderly neighbours to ensure they are okay
  • Stay out of the sun
  • Avoid outdoor activities if storms are imminent
  • Stay away from tall trees, poles or towers
  • Seek shelter in a sturdy building or in a vehicle. Don't touch any metal surfaces or use electrical appliances
  • Steer clear of windows in case they break
 Winter Weather
  • Avoid overexertion. Shovelling snow, pushing vehicles and walking in deep snow can put a strain on your heart
  • Have an emergency survival kit in your home and in your vehicle. Extra food and water, heating sources, batteries, a cellphone and flashlights are just a few things you might need to help you and your family wait out a storm
  • Dress for the weather. Hypothermia and frostbite can occur in minutes in subzero temperatures
  • Check weather reports so you can prepare ahead of time
 Flash Flood
  • During a flash flood, you're in the most danger if you're in a vehicle. Do not drive in flooded areas
  • Don't use electrical tools in wet areas
  • It can take as little as six inches of fast-moving water to sweep someone off their feet
  • Stay indoors if possible and avoid flooded areas
  • If you are outside, move to higher ground as quickly as possible
  • Seek shelter immediately. Go to the lowest level available and sit under a heavy desk or table or next to a wall. Cover your head
  • If you don't have a basement, move to an interior room or hallway of your home. Stay away from windows
  • Exit your vehicle and head for the nearest building. Cars are easily picked up by tornados
  • Be aware of flying debris. Windows can easily shatter or you could be hit by a flying object
  • Do not seek shelter under a highway overpass. They create wind tunnels
  • If you are caught outside, lay flat on the ground with your hands covering your head