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Winter can mean many things here in Northwestern Ontario, bitter cold, high winds, snow, ice, wind, as well as beautiful outdoors and fun activities. Get prepared for whatever this season will bring, indoors or out.
Get informed and go outdoors
  • Follow the three T’s when heading out to enjoy the weather (trip planning, training, and taking the essentials for any outdoor activity).
  • Complete a trip plan and leave it with family or friends.
  • Get trained for your adventure, stay within your knowledge and ability limits.
  • Take survival essentials with you and equipment you may need including a communication device.
  • Wear a helmet for safety, dress in layers to prevent hypothermia, and keep your head, ears, and hands covered to prevent frostbite.   
Stay safe indoors
  • Winter is busy season for fires. Be mindful of fire prevention and safety.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors, don’t leave candles burning unattended, and keep an eye on your cooking.
Check your family emergency kit
  • Find your emergency kit and ensure all items are there, replace expired items.
  • Replace clothing items with ones that are winter appropriate.
  • Review your emergency plan and update if necessary.
  • If you do not have an emergency kit and/or plan, now is a good time to make one.
Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
Check weather reports

When there is a threat of severe weather, Environment Canada issues special alerts so that we can take steps to protect ourselves.
Stay warm and safe indoors and out, and enjoy this winter!