Stay safe in Halton this winter

Whether you are on the road, at home or in the community this winter, it’s important to be prepared and practice safe and healthy behaviours at all times.

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Gear up for winter conditions

It’s never too early to prepare for the cold Canadian weather. Stock your car with an emergency kit and extra supplies, and consider putting winter tires on your vehicle. While driving, stay alert and be mindful of pedestrians. Severe winter weather may make roads more hazardous, so remember to slow down, take your time and arrive to your destination safely.

Be prepared before the cold temperatures arrive by signing up to receive our cold warning alerts by email. Visit halton.ca to sign up for alerts and find additional tips for preventing cold-related illness and injury.

Be safe while celebrating the holidays

Hosting friends and family during the holidays? Make sure your guests get home safely by using a designated driver or car service. Remember: you or your guests should never drive while impaired.

Ensure all walkways and sidewalks around your home are well lit, free of ice and snow and icy surfaces have been properly salted or sanded to prevent any outdoor falls.

If you’re preparing food for your family or guests, follow these four food safety tips to avoid food-borne illness: clean, separate, cook and chill.

Prevent flu and other illness while out in the community

Flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter months. The best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from the flu is by getting your annual flu shot. You can get the flu shot at your local pharmacy, doctor’s office or walk-in clinic (children under five can only receive their flu shot at their doctor’s office). Also, remember to wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often and cough or sneeze into your elbow to reduce the spread of germs.

To find more safety tips, visit halton.ca. Let’s work together to keep Halton one of Canada’s safest communities during the winter season and throughout 2019.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.