Date: April 21, 2018

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Winter Weather

This page was reviewed or revised on Thursday, July 2, 2015 1:06 PM

Every winter season bring the potential for severe weather.

The Eastern Ontario ice storm in January 1998 resulted in 66 communities declaring municipal emergencies. It caused massive damage to trees and electrical infrastructure all over the area, leading to widespread long-term power outages.

Another example started December 12, 2010. Heavy snow accompanied by high winds wreaked havoc on much of Lambton County. Over 625 people were stranded on area roads including London Line and Highway #402, and had to be rescued and housed in warming centres and private residences.

At Home

  • If you lose electrical power at home, the loss of heating may be one of your biggest concerns if you do not have an alternate source of health which does not rely upon electricity.
  • Never use barbeques, propane stoves, or similar appliances to heat your home or to cook indoors. These appliances give off carbon monoxide which is odourless and deadly!
  • If you cannot go to someone else's house with heating, stay indoors, dress warmly, do light exercise to keep warm and use candles or oil lanterns for lighting.
  • Visit the Home Preparedness section of this website to be directed to more information on how to be better prepared in your home.

On the Road

  • Get your vehicle tuned up and have the condition of your tires and battery checked before winter hits.
  • Listen to Local weather and road condition reports before setting out on a trip. You can also visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation or dial 511 on your phone. If the weather and travelling conditions are poor, delay your trip of possible. Give road crews an opportunity to clear the way.
  • Clear all windows on your vehicle of ice and snow before heading out and adjust your driving to account for road conditions.
  • Visit the Emergency Car Kit section of this website to be directed to more information on what should be stored in your vehicle.

If your vehicle gets stuck

  • Stay calm and don't go out in the cold.
  • Don't tire yourself out. Shovelling in the intense cold can be deadly.
  • Let in fresh air by opening a window on the side sheltered from the wind.
  • Keep the engine off as much as possible. Be aware of carbon monoxide poisoning and make sure the exhaust pipe is not obstructed by snow.
  • If possible, use a candle placed inside a deep can instead of the car heater to warm up.
  • Turn on warning lights or set up road flares to make your car visible. Note: leaving your headlights or hazard lights on for too long will drain the battery.
  • Move your hands, feet and arms to maintain circulation. Stay awake.
  • Keep an eye out for other cars and emergency responders. Try to keep clothing dry since wet clothing can lead to a dangerous loss of body heat.