Thursday, January 20, 2011

Get out, have fun and be safe!


As much as we all love winter (note: tongue is planted firmly in cheek), the cold season brings with it a unique set of guidelines for ensuring our safety at home, work, play and in our vehicles.

With that in mind, the Health and Safety Committee at Douglas College offers us some tips on being prepared for cold weather, icy roads, heavy snowfalls and more:

When at home or work:
  1. Safety first!
  2. Make a family emergency plan so everyone knows where to go and what to do if an emergency happens.
  3. Have you got an emergency kit? If not, create one that will be good for 72 hours. Visit getprepared.gc.ca to learn how.
When at play or driving:
  1. Check the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out, and dress appropriately.
  2. Ensure your care is ready for winter: snow tires on, windshield and head/tail lights cleared of snow and ice before driving? Is your car in good running order with all fluids and gas topped up?
  3. Pack your cellphone and bring an emergency kit...just in case.

For more information on safety and emergency preparedness, visit pep.bc.ca.