One Part Snowy, One Part Warm & Dry, and One Part Wild
That Is What can be Expected this Winter According to the Farmers’ Almanac 2017-2018 Canadian Winter Forecast
Canadian winters are famous for being cold. The mercury keeps dropping, and suddenly, the bears aren’t the only ones hibernating!
While it’s true that many of us spend more time indoors in the winter, there are also those who embrace the outdoors, the snow and cooler temperatures.
Follow these FIVE tips for staying safe in a Canadian winter:
Get informed and go outdoors:
Are you eagerly awaiting your chance to hit the slopes? Dreaming of making tracks with snowshoes? Check out AdventureSmart.ca to help you plan for a safe and enjoyable outing, whatever your passion. AdventureSmart.ca encourages everyone to follow the three T’s: Trip planning, training and taking the essentials for any outdoor adventure. Here are some key tips for winter adventures:
- Before heading out, complete a trip plan and leave it with friends or family. You can find a template online at AdventureSmart.ca http://www.adventuresmart.ca/trip_safety/planning.htm
- Be Safe While Travelling on Saskatchewan Highways in Winter. Always be prepared for the worst.
- Check road reports at https://hotline.gov.sk.ca/map.html or download the app for your iphone or android by entering the web address http://hotline.gov.sk.ca/sk/map/mobile/ in your browser. You should then be prompted to add a shortcut to your home screen.
- Get trained for your adventure and stay within your limits.
- Take survival essentials with you and equipment like a communications alerting device in case of an emergency. In avalanche terrain, for example, essential equipment includes a probe, beacon and shovel.
- Wear a helmet when skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Dress in layers to avoid hypothermia and keep your head, ears and hands covered to prevent frostbite.
- Keep Hydrated. Although we tend to think of it as a summertime concern, dehydration doesn’t disfavor the cooler months. In fact, the likelihood of dehydration is accelerated when you exercise in cold weather—and at higher altitudes. In these conditions, the air you breathe is drier, and your lungs have to work harder to humidify that air and warm it up. The harder your body works, the more you need to drink.
Stay safe indoors:
Winter is a busy season for fires in Canada. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of fire prevention and safety. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, don’t leave burning candles unattended and if a pot catches fire while cooking, put a lid on it. Read more tips.
Check your family emergency kit:
You likely have some basic emergency kit items already in your home, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home.Use this checklist to help put your kit together.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle when travelling on Saskatchewan Highways:
Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle. Refresh the supplies for winter. For example, add an extra blanket or new food items. Use the following list for ideas.
Check weather reports:
When severe winter weather threatens, Environment Canada issues special alerts to notify Canadians in affected areas so that they can take steps to protect themselves and their property. Check out Environment Canada’s page on winter weather to learn more about the various weather alerts
Winter may be cold, but it doesn’t have to be dangerous — stay warm and safe and enjoy your winter, inside and out!