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Some seasonal safety reminders

  • Be extra vigilant for wildlife crossing roads, especially at dawn and dusk. Fall is mating season for deer and the start of the winter migration, which means wildlife are more active now than at other times of the year.
  • Cooking a turkey for Thanksgiving? Thinking about food safety! Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds before and after handling raw poultry. Be mindful of what kitchen surfaces and utensils you are using to prevent cross-contamination and the spread of bacteria that can make you sick.
  • With the cooler weather, people are shutting their windows and turning on their furnaces. A decrease in the fresh air intake into your home makes now is a great time to check that your carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Remember that carbon monoxide is a silent killer. You should have carbon monoxide detectors in all the sleeping areas of your home.

Winter tires

The onset of cooler weather signals that it’s time to put winter tires on your vehicle. Properly equip your vehicle this season.

  • All-season tires do not provide sufficient traction through heavy snow. Winter tires have treads that digs down to grip into ice and snow, and they are made of material that remains pliable up to -40°C.
  • Change over to winter tires once the temperature dips below 7°C. If you can see your breath outside, it’s time to winterize your ride!
  • Install four identical tires to maintain optimal control of your vehicle. Do not mix-and-match tires.
  • When should you get new winter tires? That depends on many factors such as the make of the tire, and how much and where you drive. Transport Canada recommends replacing winter tires worn close to four millimetres of tread.

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