The Charlottetown police and fire departments remind the public to be prepared and put safety first this winter season.
Residents should check their furnaces to make sure no maintenance is required and that heat systems are working before it gets too cold outside.
Drivers should have snow tires or all-season installed on their vehicles to avoid accidents or driving difficulties in snow and ice.
Police would also like to remind the public to keep vehicle windshields and all mirrors clear of ice and snow.
When preparing homes and businesses for the winter, the fire department stresses the importance of smoke alarms on every level and in every sleeping room, and keep all exits and windows accessible, in case of an emergency.
Don’t forget the hotter areas of homes and businesses: clean out dryer vents regularly and keep them clear of snow and ice; keep flammable items away from heat sources; don’t leave lit candles unattended; ensure chimneys are checked and cleaned regularly; and, if putting up a real Christmas tree, be sure to keep it from drying out.
Every home and business should have a fire escape plan, regardless of the time of year, along with a 72-hour preparedness plan.
For additional fire prevention information, click here.
For information on preparing for extreme weather, search “Extreme Weather Safety” at princeedwardisland.ca.
To sign up to receive emergency messaging including traffic advisories and winter parking restrictions, visit Charlottetown.ca.