Winter in CanadaCanadian winters are famous for being cold. The mercury keeps dropping, and suddenly, the bears aren't the only ones hibernating!

While it's true that many of us spend more time indoors in the winter, there are also those who embrace the outdoors, the snow and cooler temperatures.

For many parts of Canada, winter can mean bitter cold and winter storms that bring high winds, icy rain, or heavy snowfall.

This winter, get prepared for whatever the season will bring, whether you are indoors or out. Follow these five tips for staying safe in a Canadian winter:

1. Get Informed and Go Outdoors

Are you eagerly awaiting your chance to hit the slopes? Dreaming of making tracks with snowshoes? Check out to help you plan for a safe and enjoyable outing, whatever your passion. encourages everyone to follow the three T's: Trip planning, training and taking the essentials for any outdoor adventure.

Here are some key tips for winter adventures:
  • Before heading out, complete a trip plan and leave it with friends or family.
  • Get trained for your adventure and stay within your limits.
  • Take survival essentials with you and equipment like a communications alerting device in case of an emergency. In avalanche terrain, for example, essential equipment includes a probe, beacon and shovel.
  • Wear a helmet when skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling. Dress in layers to avoid hypothermia and keep your head, ears and hands covered to prevent frostbite.

2. Stay Safe Indoors

Winter is a busy season for fires in Canada. That's why it's important to be mindful of fire prevention and safety. Make sure you have working smoke alarms, don't leave burning candles unattended and if a pot catches fire while cooking, put a lid on it.

3. Check Your Family Emergency Kit

You likely have some basic emergency kit items already in your home — such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home.

4. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle

Prepare an emergency kit and keep it in your vehicle. Refresh the supplies for winter. For example, add an extra blanket or new food items.

5. Check Weather Reports

When severe winter weather threatens, Environment Canada issues special alerts to notify Canadians in affected areas so that they can take steps to protect themselves and their property.

Make sure your insurance coverage is up to par. Call Heritage Insurance, Ltd. at (800) 667-7640 for a free Moose Jaw, SK home insurance quote.
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