Winter Safety

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Extreme cold warning

With temperatures plummeting, it's crucial to prioritize safety. We want to ensure our residents are safe and out of the cold.

• Minimize outdoor exposure; dress in layers and cover exposed skin. Stay as warm driving as you would while walking in the cold.

• The RancheHouse and The Station are open to anyone needing a warm place to go during operating hours.

• If you must drive today, use extreme caution and leave plenty of time.

• If it's too cold for you to stay outside, it's too cold for your pet to stay outside.

• If you are in distress or see anyone in distress, call 911.

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Winter is here to stay 

Here are some rules of thumb to help keep you safe this winter.

Drive with caution. 

Leave extra time to get to your destination. Turn on your headlights on, avoid high speeds and leave lots of space between you and the vehicle ahead of you. 

Shovel your walkways or ask for help!

 As a Cochrane homeowner, you are responsible for shoveling your walkways to ensure that there are no slips and falls on your property. If you are unable to, reach out to a neighbour, friend or contact local companies to do the job.

Wear warm winter clothing. 

Dress in layers and have proper winter shoes or boots, hats, and gloves to help you stay warm, dry, and slip-free. 

Prepare an emergency kit. 

You never know when a winter storm may hit, whether you're out on the road or at home, it’s important to be prepared. Pack a bag with candles, water, blankets, matches, first aid kit and any other emergency supplies.

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Ice safety

Although it may be tempting to walk, skate or play on frozen bodies of water, think twice! Venturing on to frozen bodies of water puts your safety at risk. 

Ice-covered rivers, storm ponds and creeks are extremely dangerous. The surface may look solid, but changes underneath create unstable and unsafe conditions.

Be ice safe: 

  • Call 911 if you see someone on the ice.
  • Don’t put yourself at risk. Never go onto the ice to rescue people or pets. Call 911. 
  • Avoid frozen riverbanks as the water may be below the ice surface, causing you to slip and fall into the water. 
  • Only go on designated areas such as the Tim Banister rink and Mitford Pond. These ae tested and maintained by the Town of Cochrane.

Stay off & stay safe!

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Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Maintaining your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors is an important part of keeping your home safe. Follow these rules when checking your alarms & detectors:

  •  Test your alarms/detectors once a month to ensure they are working.
  •  If devices are battery-operated, replace the batteries when you change your clocks in the spring and fall each year.
  •  Keep a close eye on the expiration dates and regularly test your alarms/detectors.
  •  Don’t ignore chirping alarms, they indicate that the device has a problem or an error.
  •  Practice your family home escape plan every month.


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