Winter weather ahead: preparedness tips for incoming snowfall
08 December 2016
Snow and ice are forecasted to hit Metro Vancouver starting this evening. The City of Richmond encourages its residents to take appropriate steps to prepare themselves, their homes and vehicles for the incoming winter weather conditions.
Tips for personal preparedness:
- Have an emergency kit on-hand that includes a flashlight with batteries, glow-in-the-dark stick lights, wind-up clock, portable radio, manual can opener and thermal/Mylar blanket.
- Stock drinking water (one gallon per person per day), dry and canned food and first aid materials.
- Stock up on additional blankets, in case of prolonged power outages and the home temperature drops.
- Be weather smart and dress appropriately—a hat, gloves and warm, waterproof footwear are necessary for all outdoor activity.
- Develop an emergency plan with your family to identify where each member should go if getting home is not possible because of weather conditions. Visit www.richmond.ca/emergency for emergency kit information and plans.
- Make sure pets have access to a warm shelter and are not left outside.
Tips to prepare your property:
- Look for street storm/drainage grates in the roadway in front of your home and clear
away debris such as fallen leaves, branches and snow. Take care not to bury these storm grates or gutters when shovelling snow.
- Clear leaves from your roof’s eaves and ensure appropriate drainage near your house to prevent pooling.
- Secure everything that might be blown around or torn loose during windy conditions. Flying objects such as garbage cans and lawn furniture can injure people and damage property.
- Keep a de-icer product on hand and spread it on your walkways after ice forms to give traction. Organic and ecologically safe de-icers will not corrode concrete and are safer for vegetation, pets and children.
- Clear snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to your property and help neighbours who are not able to. Bylaw 5870 requires commercial, industrial and multi-family property owners to remove snow and ice no later than 10 a.m. every day including Sunday.
Tips to prepare your vehicle:
- Install good winter tires on your vehicle.
- Keep your gas tank topped up.
- Ensure all lights and defrosters are in good working condition.
- Replace windshield wipers with ones especially designed for icy weather.
- Top up your vehicle’s reservoir with winter window wash fluid.
- Check your vehicle battery—a vehicle with a weak battery won’t start in cold temperatures.
- Put a windshield scraper and brush in your car as well as a bag of sand, flares, emergency blanket, warm clothes and waterproof boots. Small shovels are also handy.
- For the safety of both the public and the operator, please stay clear of snow ploughs in action—the operator’s visibility can be limited.
For more tips on preparing for the winter weather, visit www.richmond.ca/winter.