Severe Weather Advice / Winter on Foot / Winter Driving (SAFE Campus)
Severe Weather Advice.
Environment Canada’s Weather Service issues weather watches and warnings via radio and television, via Weatheradio, and on the web at https://weather.gc.ca/.
“Weather watches” indicate that conditions are favourable for a severe storm. “Weather warnings” indicate that severe weather is happening or hazardous weather is highly probable.
Winter on Foot.
Avoid winter trips and falls:
- Walk. Don’t run. Wear boots or shoes with rubber soles, good treads and low heels. Use footwear traction devices.
- Avoid shortcuts, particularly ones that take you over snow banks.
- When leaving a building or vehicle, always check your traction before putting your weight on your foot. Use handrails.
- Copy the penguins! Turn your toes out slightly, and take small, slow steps while travelling on icy surfaces.
Winter demands defensive driving:
- The speed limit on campus is 30 kilometers per hour under ideal conditions. Reduce speeds when roads are icy, wet or snow-covered.
- Reduce speeds further when approaching crosswalks. Stop when there are pedestrians in the crosswalk. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians crossing in areas not designated as crosswalks.
- Check road conditions and weather conditions before leaving on road trips. Skip or delay the trip if driving conditions are not ideal.
- Travel with a cell phone or a satellite phone.
- Establish a call-in schedule with someone in your department / school: make sure that person knows where you are going, when you will arrive and what to do if you if you don’t report in as scheduled.
BONUS TIP: Pack a winter survival kit for your vehicle. Include a flashlight and batteries; blanket or sleeping bag; extra winter clothing; first aid kit; jumper cables; scraper and brush; shovel; storm candles for heat; matches; a tin can to melt snow; instant soup, tea or coffee; high energy food, such as nuts or chocolate; sand, road salt or kitty litter for traction; extra fuses; basic tools and replacement parts (eg. fan belt); flares or reflectors; and, an emergency supply of prescription drugs.