With winter conditions expected to worsen over the next few months, the provincial government has released some tips to help B.C. residents stay safe during storms.
The province suggests dressing mindfully, preparing a week’s worth of supplies at home and driving cautiously with emergency kits onboard.
The other tips are:
- Keep an eye out for arctic outflow warnings issued by Environment Canada. They warn that extremely cold winds are expected or occurring, which can result in wind chill values of -20 C or colder.
- Limit exposure. Parents and pet owners are advised to be mindful of their children and animals being outdoors during arctic outflow warnings as frostbite and hypothermia can occur.
- Wearing appropriate water-and wind-resistant clothing, along with dressing in layers is strongly recommended.
- Power outages are also common in winter storms and all households should be prepared with up to one week of emergency supplies.
- Downed power lines should be avoided and reported immediately to 911. The province says it is important to stay at least 10 metres back from downed lines.
- Driving extra cautiously in reduced road conditions and leaving extra space from highway maintenance vehicles
- Keep an emergency kit inside a vehicle that has warm clothes, a shovel, a flashlight, winter footwear and a fully-charged cellphone.
Drive BC also provides road conditions across the province.