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When fall turns to winter it is important to remember that winter storms can create personal safety issues if you are not prepared. Following weather forecasts and paying attention to personal emergency preparedness will reduce any possible impacts to your family and your property. It is a good idea to listen to local radio or television stations for weather warnings and advice.

Hazards and risks associated with winter weather include:

  • Car accidents due to slippery roadways
  • Slips and falls on slippery walkways
  • Falls from heights (e.g. cleaning the gutters or roof)
  • Hypothermia and frostbite due to exposure
  • Being struck by falling objects such as tree branches
  • Risks due to downed power lines or downed objects in contact with power lines
  • Roof collapse or property damage under weight of snow or falling trees
  • Exhaustion, exposure or dehydration
  • Isolation and lack of basic supplies including prescription medications
  • Stranded motorists
  • Injuries while shoveling snow
  • Melting snow or storm surges causing flooding
  • Home fire safety risk