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Snow Smart Tips

Winter Driving

Winter Driving

Prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving in snow.

  • Winter tires are highly recommended. They will perform better than all season tires when it snows and when the temperature is below 7ºC. View ICBC's Winter Tires Guide
  • Clean all the snow off your vehicle, including the roof, and not just the windshield
  • Reduce your speed and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Stay informed of traffic conditions and weather forecasts during your drive
  • Keep a shovel and a bag of sand or kitty litter for traction in your vehicle in case you get stuck
  • Consider taking transit, instead of driving, if you are not feeling confident to drive
  • Shift into winter with more tips to prepare yourself and your vehicle to drive for the conditions

Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Here are some safe winter walking tips to help minimize slips and falls during snow and ice conditions:

  • Wear proper footwear with good tread and clear your shoes of snow caked to the soles. Avoid wearing high heels outdoors.
  • Don't rush walking on icy surfaces. Shuffle, or take small steps instead of long strides to keep your center of balance. Plan extra travel time when commuting.
  • Avoid taking shortcut paths and stick to cleared sidewalks even if it takes extra time.
  • When walking, watch out for hazards and avoid slippery surfaces such as wet leaves, icy areas and snow banks where possible. Test potentially slick areas with your foot before venturing.
  • Use handrails when walking up the stairs and keep both hands free for balance, rather than inside your pockets.
  • Pay attention to where you are going. Avoid looking down at your feet only or walking deep in thought. Don't text and walk at the same time.
  • Carry only what you need. Consider wearing a backpack so as to not obstruct your view or limit your ability to brace yourself in a fall.

Home & Emergency Preparedness

Home & Emergency Preparedness

Know what actions to take in the event of a snowfall:

Before a snowfall event

  • Store an emergency kit that can enable you to be self-sufficient for three days, both at home and in your car. Ensure you have adequate food, water and medication in stock.
  • Locate the nearest fire hydrant and catch basin around your home.
  • Have a shovel and salt supply on hand for sidewalks and roadways.
  • Monitor and stay up to date on local weather forecasts.

During a snowfall event:

  • Consider alternative modes of transportation if you do not feel confident driving in the snow.
  • Where possible, avoid parking on the street to give plows sufficient room to clear local roadways.
  • Ensure nearby fire hydrants are clear of snow for emergency responders to easily locate them.
  • Provide any assistance to relatives and neighbours in need.
  • Report downed trees, floods or other hazardous conditions to our Dispatch crew at 604-294-7200.

Get the Scoop on Shovelling

Shovelling Ergonomics

Reduce your chance of an injury during the winter season with some good snow shovelling tips.

  • An ergonomic shovel with a curved or adjustable handle makes snow removal easier.
  • Warm up for five to ten minutes prior to shovelling and do your back a favour.
  • Push the snow to one side rather than lifting it with the shovel. If lifting is necessary, make sure to bend your knees.
  • Cold, tight muscles are prone to injury so go for a brisk walk, march in place or do any other full body activity before shovelling.
  • Pace yourself by removing small amounts of snow frequently instead of removing a large pile all at once.
  • Take a break for 10 or 15 minutes during shovelling and stretch out your arms, shoulders and back to keep them warm and flexible.

Reminder: Owners or occupiers of single family, two family, multi-family, industrial, commercial or institutional properties are responsible for:

  • Removing any snow or ice accumulation from all sidewalks surrounding their property; and
  • Snow and ice to be removed no later than 10:00 AM every day, including holidays, per Section 31 of Burnaby's Street and Traffic Bylaw
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