Winter storm: Safety measures and precautions

Emergencies and important notices  

Snowfall will begin in the evening and intensify between midnight and 6 a.m. Between 30 to 40 cm of snow is expected. Teams will be at work to clear arteries, secondary streets, steep streets, and STS routes from the beginning of precipitation until travel on the network is functional.

Local streets will be cleared as soon as priority areas are safe and can be used. Sidewalk snow removal will begin early Wednesday morning. An anti icer has been applied to arteries and some secondary streets to prevent snow from forming an ice layer.

Several patrols will be travelling on the roads. There is no need to inform us about roads that have not been cleared during the day, but you may alert us at any time of dangerous situations by calling 819-821-5858.

For your safety and to facilitate snow removal operations, avoid travelling, except in emergencies or absolute necessity.

If you really have to go out:

  • Fill your gas tank before travelling.
  • Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
  • Have extra warm clothing in your vehicle. In the event of a breakdown or an accident, you’ll be equipped to fight the cold.
  • Ensure that there is a retractable shovel in your vehicle, which could be useful if your vehicle gets stuck.

Ensure your home’s safety

Here are a few tips to follow to make sure your dwelling is safe.

  • Take a few minutes to shovel snow away from your heat pump, as snow could make it less efficient.
  • Check that your heating device shows no risk of overheating, such as a melted part or discolouration. If this has not been done within the past year, take the time to clean the filter if your device has one.
  • If you use a wood heating system, take out the ashes and leave them in a place away from any buildings.
  • Verify that there is appropriate space around your heating devices to prevent a contact fire.
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