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Jan 26, 2018 Return to Headlines

Are You Prepared for Winter Weather?

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, Jan. 26, 2017 With possible snow in the forecast, City crews are at the ready and Coquitlam residents are encouraged to make sure they are prepared as well.

City crews will be working 24/7 as long as snow is falling to keep roads clear and safe. Roads will be plowed according to the City’s priority routes system focusing on primary roads (arterials, collectors, bus routes and access roads to schools), with local roads and lanes only being plowed when resources allow.

Residents can report areas of concern through the Coquitlam Snow Response tool available on the Winter Wise webpage. This tool enables information to be provided to staff in real-time.

Otherwise, the following tips can help to minimize disruptions and keep you and your family safe and comfortable when bad weather hits.

Home and property

  • Clean the catch basin grates near your property regularly to prevent flooding.
  • Assess your trees and trim dead branches to reduce the danger of them falling on power lines or your house during a storm.
  • Have flashlights, electric lanterns and extra batteries on hand.
  • Shut off your outside water to protect outdoor faucets and other plumbing.
  • Consider an alternate safe heating system in case of power failures (not gas, propane or kerosene, which cannot be used inside). Make sure to follow directions and only use outside in well ventilated areas, where the exhaust cannot enter the home.

Vehicle

  • Take transit if you are not comfortable driving in the snow, or if roads are impassable or dangerous.
  • Drive only with good snow tires. They are made to handle snow, ice and lower temperatures better than winter-rated all-season tires.
  • Have a mechanic winterize your vehicle and make sure it is working properly.
  • Keep a small, portable emergency kit in your vehicle with food, water, extra clothing, first aid supplies and other necessities (download a checklist on the Winter Preparedness & Safety page at coquitlam.ca/winterprep).

You and your loved ones

  • When heading outside, wear warm clothing and solid shoes or boots with good traction, or at least bring them with you.
  • Make arrangements with loved ones who are elderly or have limited mobility and live on their own to help them prepare for winter.
  • Don’t let important prescriptions, supplies or foodstuffs run too low in case the weather prevents you from restocking.
  • If a snowplow approaches while you are out walking, move to the inside of the sidewalk and stay far away from the road while it passes.

Be Winter Wise­

Coquitlam’s Winter Wise program kicks into gear each winter to minimize the impact of snow, ice, storms and colder temperatures. While the City works to keep roads safe and reduce service disruptions, residents are encouraged to do their part by clearing sidewalks and catch basins, parking off-street to allow for plowing, and being prepared for extended power failures or impassable roads. Go to www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise for tips and information.

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Media contact:
Kathleen Vincent
Manager, Corporate Communications
604-927-3019
kvincent@coquitlam.ca