Here are some tips and things to consider on how to stay safe outdoors in the Winter:

  • Avoid overexertion when shovelling snow. If you must shovel, make sure you take frequent breaks so you aren’t over-stressing your body.
  • Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens and a hat (preferably one that covers your ears).
  • Wear waterproof, insulated boots to keep your feet warm and dry and to maintain your footing in ice and snow.
  • While sneakers provide good grip on dry pavement, they don’t on snow-covered ground. Be Winter-ready with the right footwear. Wear boots that have a wide tread, low heel, non-skid soles and consider using walking poles for more balance.
  • Stay safe and stay off the ice. Moving water in Markham’s ponds, stormwater ponds and waterways causes thin ice that can crack. Learn how to skate safely at
  • If you are driving, remember vehicle braking distance increases during Winter conditions. Reduce your speed, avoid distractions and watch out for pedestrians and cyclists. Winter tires are also recommended.
  • It is important to regularly check for frostbite. Symptoms may include numbness or white areas on your face and extremities (ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet in particular).
  • Bring pets or companion animals inside during Winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure they have access to non-frozen drinking water.
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