In the good old days, winter was a walk in the park. But all that’s changing in Richmond, where over the last few years our winters have been getting progressively colder. While we all know to bundle up, there are some lesser known safety hazards associated with a cold winter. Here’s what to look out for:
- Leave it outside: If the power’s out and you need to barbecue, do it outside, even in inclement weather. Never bring your gas grill or your generator (if you have one) inside for the winter – as both emit carbon monoxide that could be fatal if they are used in a small space.
- Stock up ahead: particularly on essentials like a good snow shovel and a de-icer product you can spread on your walkways after ice has formed. An ecologically healthy de-icer will create the traction you need without corroding concrete or toxifying your plants.
- Get it Delivered: If you find yourself snowbound this winter and need to stock up on groceries, place an online order with Save-On Foods. For a minimal fee Save-On will package your online order and deliver it to your door.
- Concerned about flooding during heavy rain? It helps to know the Public Works Yard at 5599 Lynas Lane has materials for sandbags in case you need them. For info call (604) 244-1262
- It sounds simple but how many of us really know how to manually override our electric garage doors? In the event of a power outage, knowing how to release your car from the garage is crucial. Hint: look for the cord with the red plastic handle and pull hard.
- Drive Safe(r): Forget cruise control in slippery, icy or wet driving conditions, as if your car is on cruise it will take you longer to slow down if/when you need to. Drive slower than usual, and if you feel your vehicle slide or fishtail, always steer into the slide.
- If your car is covered with snow, never sit inside with the vehicle running unless you’ve cleared the snow from your exhaust. Carbon monoxide unable to escape through the exhaust could potentially make its way into your vehicle with fatal consequences.
- If you have an alternative to driving in severe weather conditions, rather play it safe than getting behind the wheel. According to ICBC, casualty crashes in the Lower Mainland increase on average by 21 percent from Fall to Winter. Don’t push your driving skills to the limit if you have a choice.