Winter Safety

Winter Safety

Melting Snow

With heavy rain in the forecast, it is important to remember that this could mean excess water on roads and around your property. Here are some reminders on how to prevent water damage:

  • Consider removing excess snow from your roof.
  • Clear away snow from your property’s foundation, especially near window wells.
  • Ensure that no large quantities of snow are on the overhang of your house. Try to keep your eavestroughs and downspouts free of snow and ice.
  • Remember to check any problem water areas on your property and consider drainage.

Rain mixed with cold temperatures means ice is on the way. Please drive slow and walk slow.

Should it be required, the Town’s after-hours line is: 834-6529

Winter Fire Safety

Winter storms can happen almost anywhere. They can cause us problems. Know what to do before, during and after a storm. This will help keep you and your family safe from a winter fire.

Important Reminder: There are more home fires in winter than in any other season. Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February. As you stay cozy and warm this winter season, be fire smart.

Fact: Nearly half of all space heater fires involve electric space heaters.

Read our safety tip sheets below.

Smoke Alarms at Home
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Pet Fire Safety
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How to make a home fire escape plan
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Heating Safety
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Generator Safety Tips
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Fire Safety During Winter Storms
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Escape Planning Tips
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Electric Portable Heater Safety
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Carbon Monoxide Safety
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Candle Safety Tips
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Power Outages

Most power outages will be over almost as soon as they begin, but some can last much longer – up to days or even weeks. Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds which damage power lines and equipment. Cold snaps or heat waves can also overload the electric power system.

During a power outage, you may be left without heating/air conditioning, lighting, hot water, or even running water. If you only have a cordless phone, you will also be left without phone service. If you do not have a battery-powered or crank radio, you may have no way of monitoring news broadcasts. In other words, you could be facing major challenges. You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. You and your family should be prepared to cope on your own during a power outage for at least 72 hours. Learn more about how to Prepare for a Power Outage.

72 Hours: Is Your Family Prepared?

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Learn how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere. Use this guide to create your own emergency plan. Use the checklists to build a 72-hour emergency kit. These basic steps will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.

Get Prepared – Your Emergency Preparedness Guide

Before a Storm Surge

Preparing for a storm surge

  • Check your house and land for any potential dangers related to flooding. Identify any vulnerability and repair it.
  • Sandbags are a valuable tool to prevent water from entering your home. This approach requires specific instructions from your local emergency officials.
  • Learn how to turn off the gas and electricity in your house. You may be instructed by local authorities to shut these off.
  • If you live in an area that is subject to flooding, do not store your important documents in the basement. Keep them at a higher level, protected from flood damage.
  • Ensure that your family has an emergency kit and plan.
  • Ensure your emergency kit is portable, in a back-pack or suitcase with wheels.

If a storm surge is forecast

  • Check supplies including medications, radio, flashlight and batteries.
  • You may have to evacuate. Keep your emergency kit close at hand.
  • Make sure the basement windows are closed.
  • Fuel your car. If evacuation becomes necessary, it will be hard to stop for gas.
  • Avoid being outside near beach areas or on trails near Conception Bay.


If you have any questions about being prepared for an emergency, contact the Conception Bay South Fire Department.

Phone: 709-834-6540


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