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December 19, 2008
Helpful tips as Toronto prepares for a white, snowy weekend
With Environment Canada predicting large volumes of snow this weekend, the City of Toronto is asking everyone to travel with care. Environment Canada has forecast as much as 20 cm of snow may fall on Toronto on Friday, with wind gusts approaching 60 km/h. A second storm is expected on Sunday.

Here is helpful information to get you through a snowy weekend:
• Let someone else do the driving and take public transit.
• People who do choose to drive can view safety tips from the Toronto Police Service at, such as gassing up their vehicle and checking fluid levels before travelling, and charging up their cell phones in case they’re needed during an emergency.
• Drivers and pedestrians will need to travel slower and be more observant of their surroundings.
• Residents are expected to clear snow from the sidewalks in front of their homes, and in the spirit of giving can help clear the snow for elderly neighbours.
• The public can help the City’s efforts in clearing snow by doing a few simple things such as not pushing snow back onto the road after clearing snow from their sidewalks and driveways. Avoid parking on city streets to help the snowplows do their work.
• Residents can help ensure fire hydrants are clearly visible by clearing the snow around them.
• People using salt to help melt snow or ice can use environmentally safe products.
• Residents should make sure they shovel safely. Snow shovelling is a strenuous activity that can place considerable strain on the heart. Anyone with a history of heart attacks, heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol should avoid shovelling if at all possible and find a friend, neighbour or shovelling service to help them out.
• People should dress appropriately for snow clearing, start slow, take frequent breaks, and when possible, push the snow instead of lifting it. Protect your back: bend at the knees, keep the shovel close to your body, keep your feet hip-width apart and avoid twisting. More tips and video about snow shovelling are available at
• As nice as the ice on our waterways may look, people are reminded that it’s unsafe to skate or play on frozen open water. The City has posted signage to warn people of the dangers of frozen open bodies of water. The signage supports a new City policy that prohibits skating and other recreational activities on frozen open water, including storm water management ponds located on public parkland.
• Information on the City’s fleet of snow removal teams and vehicles gearing up to clear city streets can be found in the Nov. 27 City news release

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Media contact:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149, (cell) 416-200-3660)



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