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 markham.ca/skating.
- 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.