Accumulating snow and/or extreme cold can damage/disrupt critical infrastructure which could result in power outages, road closures, delay or cancellation of air or other travel means, major traffic accidents, burst pipes, etc. Travel may be hazardous due to sudden changes in the weather. Accumulating snow may cause surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots to become difficult to navigate. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times due to heavy or blowing snow.
If you must travel, keep in mind these protective measures and best practices:
• Carrying an emergency car kit and a mobile phone, as well as keep others informed of travel schedules and destinations.
• Prepare a 72-hour emergency kit in the event that there is a power outage or other impacts to critical infrastructure, as well as consider and prepare alternative means for heat that are safe indoors.
• Continue to monitor local forecasts for public weather alerts and exercise appropriate caution if you must travel.
Everyone wants at arrive safe at their destination, a few moments of planning before you leave will help achieve that goal!
As we begin to deal with the snow fall of the year, and you are making efforts to clear your driveways and sidewalks, please keep in mind the need to avoid burying hydrants. If there is a hydrant near your home, please take the time to ensure that the snow and ice is at least 60 cm (2-3 ft) clear of the hydrant. Quick access to these hydrants by crews responding to a fire at your home or your neighbours' is essential in protecting lives and minimizing damage.
This is also a time to ensure your furnace fresh air intake and exhaust vents are clear of snow. Having these intakes and outlets blocked can create a dangerous circumstance within your home leading to the accumulation of Carbon Monoxide (CO). So please take a moment and ensure there are no drifts blocking your home vents and if you are able, ensure your neighbours' vents are unobstructed as well.
Should you require any assistance with either of these preventative safety measures, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 613-432-2811.
Extreme cold puts everyone at risk however; the risks are greater for young children, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Adverse health effects can occur as a direct result of exposure to excessive cold such as hypothermia and frostbite.
Hypothermia: Shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness.
Frostbite: White/grayish skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, or numbness.
Consult a healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-877-797-0007) if you experience any of the above symptoms.
• If you must go outside, cover up and dress warmly with several layers. The outer layer should be wind resistant. Frostbite can develop within minutes to exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Avoid overexertion when shovelling snow and take several breaks.
• Check on older family, friends and neighbors.
• Bring pets inside and move livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
The annual outdoor Recreational Open Air Burning permits are available for 2020. They cover the calendar year for the low price of $100.00. If you are interested in appling for a permit click here!
The Town is actively working on securing a long term contract for Blue Box Recycling. For the time being, both garbage and recycling will remain on a weekly schedule, but may be subject to change as a new program evolves.
Magnetic 2020 Waste Collection Calendars will not be sent out until a long term contact has been established. Updates will be posted on the Town website, monthly newsletters, and social media. In the meantime, the Town will be circulating a small recycling magnet along with the January and February schedule in the Renfrew Mercury before the end of the year.
We appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter, and will continue to update all residents as more information becomes available.
If you have any questions, please contact the Development and Works Department at 613-432-8166 x 307 or visit our website at http://www.renfrew.ca/garbage-recycling.cfm