Winter Storm Safety
Blizzards bring blowing snow, bitter cold, high winds and poor visibility. Even when snowfall is not heavy, poor visibility, low temperatures and high winds are a significant hazard, both at home and on the road.
When a blizzard is forecasted, monitor the radio and stay-tuned to the SaskAlert app on your mobile phone. Stay indoors during a storm, and if you must go out, dress for the weather.
On the Road
Before you go, consult the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline, available as phone app
If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and always let someone know your route and arrival time.
Always be prepared. Have your cell phone in the car. Keep your gas tank close to full, have extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze on-hand.
Have Two Emergency Kits
Cab: flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, matches, candles, emergency food and water.
Trunk: shovel, sand (or other traction aid), tow chain, booster cables, warning light/flares, extra warm clothing (mitts, hats, boots)
If Your Vehicle Gets Stuck
- Allow fresh air into your car by opening the window slightly.
- If you try to shovel snow from around your vehicle, avoid over-exerting yourself
- Keep your hands and feet warm. Exercise them often.
- Remain calm and stay in your vehicle. Call for help.
- You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to ensure it is not blocked with snow.