Date: March 23, 2019

Partly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries early this morning. Clearing early this morning. Wind northwest 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light late this afternoon. High 6. UV index 5 or moderate.

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Snow Removal: Be Part of a Community that Cares

This page was reviewed or revised on Monday, February 25, 2019 3:15 PM

Point Edward, ON - Whenever the snow arrives, Age-Friendly Sarnia encourages everyone to be part of a Community that Cares by shoveling snow for a neighbour or fellow community member. Snow removal was identified as a priority in the Age Friendly Sarnia Committee's 2017 Action Plan.

“Icy or snowy walkways can pose a hazard for slips, trips and falls,” said Jennifer Graham, Health Promoter at Lambton Public Health. “A snow-cleared driveway and sidewalk is important for residents to be able to leave their homes and access services in the community, or to receive in-home support services.

"If you are able, help others clear their driveway. This act of kindness not only shows you care, it helps older individuals with accessibility needs."

According to the Ontario Injury Data Report (2018), falls are the leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations for older adults. Preventing falls helps older adults maintain their independence and quality of life.

Remember, when assisting a neighbor, winter can be harsh. Take precautions to ensure you are safe and warm. During a Cold Weather Alert dress in layers, shield exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck and face, and limit time outdoors.

More Ways to Help:

Lambton Public Health and the City of Sarnia want your opinion on sustainable volunteer-based snow removal options, and how community members can get involved in Sarnia-Lambton. Complete the survey (https://hr.smartsarnia.com/age-friendly-snow-removal-survey/) to share your feedback.

Together we can build a Community that Cares. The Age Friendly Sarnia campaign works to improve the quality of life through all stages of life by connecting community members in meaningful ways. Learn more about this campaign at http://bit.do/CommunitythatCares.

For more information on Age-Friendly Sarnia and to view the action plan, visit www.agefriendlysarnia.com.

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Please contact:

Jennifer Graham
Health Promoter
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 ext. 3568