Be Ready

  • Check the weather everyday
  • On TV, smart phone, internet.
  • Such as the weather network
  • Weather will change within a day and everyday.

How the winter looks like

  • Winter is long
  • Winter is snowy and cold
  • Air is dry in the winter
  • How long?
  • How cold?
  • How snowy?

The Health Risks

  • Common winter infections (cold,flu..)
  • Frostbite
  • Dry air need of hand cream, lip balm
  • Seasonal depression
  • Hypothermia

The Clothes

  • Warm coat, boots, mittens (gloves), scarf, hat are essentials
  • Have few layers so you can remove some as it warms up

Proper footwear

  • Wear shoes with non-slip soles
  • Wear shoes with low, wide heels
  • Make sure your shoes/slippers fit well
  • Winter boots


  • Sidewalks might be slippery
  • Public transportation might be late and slow
  • Be prepared (hand-warmer etc)
  • Do not run

Winter driving

Driving can be difficult and stressful:

  • Slow down
  • Always clear snow before
  • Avoid the highway if unsure
  • Longer braking distance
  • Short interval breaking
  • Black ice
  • Take time

For your vehicle,

Prepare for the winter

  • Check tire treads/breaks
  • Check headlights/signals
  • Put on witner tires
  • Tire pressures
  • Fill up winter windshield washer

Emergency vehicle kit

  • water, first aid kit, gloves
  • candles & matches, flashlight
  • extra food, map
  • blanket, change of cloths
  • battery powered radio
  • small knife/scissor
  • small shovel, jumper cable, ropes

Around the house

  • Clear your sidewalk, snow angel
  • Parking and snow route
  • Know where your electric panel is
  • Know where your water shut off is

Preparing for the winter

  • Furnace maintenance
  • Duct cleaning
  • Shovel/salt ready
  • Shut off outside water – excess
  • Tidying garden/hoses/equipment
  • Winter windshield washer
  • Check humidity/condensation on windows

Winter and young children

  • Make sure they have warm clothes on (wait for bus, outside at recess..)
  • Check their hands regularly
  • Give them water or warm milk
  • Check the temperature (Wind-chill)
  • Pond/Lake safety
  • Safe area for sledding/tobogganing
  • Helmets
  • Never alone

Fun winter activities

Winter can be fun!

  • Ice skating (indoor, outdoor)
  • Tobogganing
  • Snow shoeing
  • Ice fishing
  • Skiing, cross-country skiing, ice climbing, snowmobile

Keep safe and happy

  • Be ready
  • Bundle up!
  • Get outside
  • Allow extra time to go around
  • Embrace the winter


My Health Alberta – Government of Alberta

My Health Alberta website has vast amount of health information that is relevant to Alberta. Please visit the My Health Alberta webpage to find all the information. Some of the topics include:

Alberta Health Services – Fall prevention resources

Comprehensive resources around fall prevention and winter safety can be found on Alberta Health Services Fall Prevention page.


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