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Nov 04, 2019 Return to Headlines

Now is the Time to Get Winter Wise

by Colleen Smith |

COQUITLAM, BC, Nov. 4, 2019 – With winter just around the corner, now is the time to make sure you are Winter Wise in Coquitlam. 

Winter weather in the Lower Mainland can mean all kinds of weather including snow and ice, or wind and rain that can cause flooding and power failures.

While City crews are out in full force 24/7 during snow events, we also look to our residents to be prepared for the winter season before we have severe weather impacts. 

Visit our Winter Preparedness & Safety page at www.coquitlam.ca/winterprep or follow the City of Coquitlam on Facebook and Twitter – for information on how to get prepared for the winter season. 

New On-Street Parking Regulations Effective Nov. 1

Coquitlam has new parking restrictions on problematic streets in the upper Westwood Plateau area effective Nov. 1. These new restrictions will assist City crews in making our streets safer for winter driving during snow events.

In place through to Mar. 15, the new parking restrictions prohibit all on-street parking on specified streets and is activated when snow is in the forecast until the end of the snow event and the streets are clear. 

From Dec. 1 to Mar. 15, no parking restrictions are also in effect on other critical or problematic routes, such as hills and collector roads. 

Coquitlam drivers are asked to follow all posted parking restrictions, keep the streets free of parked vehicles and park in driveways and on private property. Failure to do so may result in fines and/or vehicle towing.

A map showing all areas affected by seasonal parking restrictions is available at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.

Winter Wise Tips
The following tips can help to minimize disruptions and keep you and your family safe and comfortable when we experience severe winter and snow events.

Home and Property

  • Clean the catch basin grates around your property regularly to prevent flooding.
  • Guard your home from falling branches by pruning dead branches and removing dead trees 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, and make sure you have an emergency kit.
  • Shut off your outside water to protect outdoor faucets and other plumbing.
  • Isolate and winterize your automatic irrigation systems.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Take transit during snow events and especially if you are not experienced driving in the snow, or if roads are impassable or dangerous.
  • 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 www.coquitlam.ca/winterprep).

You and Your Loved Ones

  • When heading outside, wear warm clothing and solid shoes or boots with good traction. 
  • Make arrangements with loved ones who live on their own and are elderly or have limited mobility to help them prepare for winter.
  • Don’t let important prescriptions, supplies or foodstuffs run low in case the weather prevents you from getting out.
  • 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. 

When it Snows

  • During a snow event, City roads are plowed according to a priority system that supports the greater public safety and public transportation access. To find out what priority your street is, visit www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.
  • Report areas of concern using our real-time Snow Reporting Response Tool available at www.coquitlam.ca/winterwise.
  • As a responsible neighbour and citizen, it is important to clear all the sidewalks around your home within 10 hours of the snow stopping.
  • Do not shovel your snow onto the roadway. To ensure that the plow does not push the snow back onto your sidewalk and driveway, we recommend shoveling onto your yard and to the right of your driveway when facing the road.

Be a Good Neighbour

  • Please consider helping your neighbour clear their catch basin, shovel their sidewalk, or move their garbage carts – especially if they are elderly or have limited mobility.
  • During periods of extended snow, consider checking up on neighbours who may need a helping hand.
  • Volunteer to be a Snow Angel and help someone clear sidewalk. Full details at www.coquitlam.ca/snowangels.

Changes to Waste Collection

  • Heavy snowfall can affect the ability for waste collection to get to certain areas of the community.
  • If your garbage, green cart or recycling has not been collected by 7 p.m., please bring it in for the night and place it out again at the curbside after 5:30 a.m. the next morning. If it still isn’t collected, please bring them in again and wait until your next regularly scheduled collection day.
  • For instant alerts regarding service disruptions and delays, sign up for phone, email or text alerts at www.coquitlam.ca/ReCollect or by contacting the City at 604-927-3500. You can also receive alerts by downloading the Coquitlam Curbside Collection app available in your App or Google Play store.
  • Recycling in Coquitlam is a free service provided by Recycle BC (www.recyclebc.ca/coquitlam).  Questions regarding recycling collection should be directed to GFL Environmental (formerly Smithrite) at 604-529-4011 or recycle@smithrite.com.