Winter Safety

Winter Safety

Winter Parking Ban

Residents of Conception Bay South and motorists parking within the Town are advised that the Winter Parking Ban is in effect from December 1 until April 30, both days inclusive, on all roads and streets.

  • No person shall park an unattended vehicle on any street, road reservation, or municipal parking areas in such a way to interfere with, hinder or obstruct snow clearing operations;
  • No person shall park an unattended vehicle on any street or road reservation within the Town;
    • Between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. during the Snow Clearing Period regardless of weather conditions; or
    • During a snow storm; or
    • During the 24 hours immediately following a snow storm; or
    • During such other period as may be declared by Council to enable clean-up after a severe storm or snowfall.

For more details, click here

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.

Fire Hydrants: Fire hydrants are addressed by Town staff as resources become available. Snow clearing operations of roads and sidewalks are the priority. There are approximately 1,300 fire hydrants in the Town of Conception Bay South, so we ask residents to please do their part in keeping the hydrant near their house accessible. Residents are both permitted and encouraged to clear fire hydrants areas. Every second counts in an emergency. 

Learn more about the Town’s Winter Control Program.

Melting Snow & Ice

When there is 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 and walk slow.

Learn more about Ice Safety by reading our information sheet below. 

Ice Water Safety
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Report a Pothole

Although crews regularly patrol streets to identify potholes and other road deficiencies, potholes can develop quickly when temperatures hover around zero degrees. We can use your help in identifying locations that require attention. Pothole complaints are investigated and scheduled by priority for repair. To report a pothole, click here

Power Outages

Power outages are often caused by freezing rain, sleet storms and/or high winds that 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. You can greatly lessen the impact of a power outage by taking the time to prepare in advance. Learn how to prepare.

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. Visit Government of Canada for more information.

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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