November 20, 2023
The County of Prince Edward is encouraging all County residents to prepare for the upcoming winter season.
“We hope that there isn’t another winter storm like we had last December, but we all need to be ready for the worst that Mother Nature can throw at us,” Fire Chief Chad Brown says. “Assembling emergency kits, following the direction of public safety officials, and knowing what to do in a power outage is very important as we head into the winter months.”
Winter storm preparedness includes knowing what to do before, during and after the storm:
- Residents are encouraged to create or review their emergency plans to protect themselves and their families.
- Households should have a two-week supply of food and water as well as medications. For more tips on preparing for winter storms please click here.
- Half of all home heating fires happen in December, January and February. Test all smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting and fresh batteries on hand and never use candles.
- Be ready if the heat stops working. Wear extra layers of clothes and blankets to stay warm. If you use an emergency heat source, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away.
- Turn portable heaters off when you leave the room. Turn them off when you go to bed. Click here for more winter fire safety tips.
- Sign up to receive news and notices from the County and follow the municipality on Facebook and Twitter/X.
For more information, contact Prince Edward County Fire & Rescue at 613.476.2345 or firstname.lastname@example.org.