Stay Safe During a Blizzard

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, January 4, 2019

Blizzards are one of the most dangerous winter weather events.

If a blizzard is expected for your area, you need to take precautions before the storm.

The most important thing is to have an emergency kit ready. When a blizzard hits it can cause power outages. So it's important to be self-sufficient for 72 hours.

If you live on a farm, be sure to shelter animals. Generally, if the structure is sound, the animals should be placed indoors. Water supplies should be checked for freezing. Many animals have died of thirst during the winter.

Environment and Climate Change Canada defines a blizzard when winds of 40 km/h or greater are expected to cause widespread reductions in visibility to 400 metres or less, due to blowing snow, or blowing snow in combination with falling snow, for at least four hours.

Blizzards are typically accompanied by cold temperatures, poor visibility, and high winds.

If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and let someone know your route and arrival time.

If your car gets stuck in a blizzard or snowstorm, remain calm and stay in your car. Allow fresh air in your car by opening the window slightly on the sheltered side - away from the wind. You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half-hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to make sure it is not blocked with snow. Remember: you can't smell potentially fatal carbon monoxide fumes.

The Team

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