Winter community safety reminders

City of Brantford winter maintenance crew clearing snow from a local residential street

BRANTFORD, ON – With more snow in the forecast today, residents are asked to stay mindful of the following suggestions in order to help keep our community safe.

How residents can help during a winter weather event

There are many ways you can help to keep travel as safe as possible:

  • If you need to be on the roads, please give snowplows plenty of space to do their job
  • Whenever possible, refrain from parking on streets during a winter storm event
  • Pile all snow from your driveway and sidewalks on your property (not on the road)
  • Clear snow from the sidewalk in front of and beside your property as soon as you can (within 24 hours) after a storm event and apply sand or salt when icy as required
  • Keep fire hydrants clear and accessible in case of a fire emergency
  • On your garbage day, please ensure your garbage and recycling containers do not interfere with snow removal 

Reminders for safe winter driving

Winter weather can be unpredictable but extra caution can help you stay safe. The following tips will help you maintain control of your vehicle during the winter:

  • Plan extra time for travel and reduce speed in poor weather conditions.
  • The law requires motorists to clear snow and ice off their vehicle including the rooftop, hood and trunk.
  • Avoid any sudden maneuvers to help you stay in control of your vehicle at all times and increase the distance between you and other vehicles so you have more time to react and stop.
  • Winter tires can provide 30 to 40 percent shorter stopping distance compared to all-season tires.
  • Bridges freeze first – watch out for black ice.
  • Avoid using cruise control on wet, snowy or icy roads as it can reduce your reaction time and vehicle control.

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