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Scugog officials want residents to stay safe this winter

DAN CEARNS, The Standard

SCUGOG: With local areas having seen snowfall recently, and more snow forecasted on the horizon, a couple of Scugog officials have some winter safety messages.

At a meeting on Monday, December 12th, Carol Coleman, Scugog’s Director of Public Works and Infrastructure, and Fire Chief Mark Berney spoke on the topic of winter safety during the announcements portion of the meeting.

“The weather forecast is calling for a Colorado low to come our way, and it is expected to bring 10 to 15 centimetres of snow and possibly some rain or freezing rain this Thursday. I want to remind everyone that during snow or ice events, please check the weather and road conditions before you head out and leave extra time if necessary. Give snow plows plenty of space, and never pass a working snow plow,” Director Coleman said. “Remove items such as bins, basketball nets and planters away from the end of your driveway. Do not blow or push snow onto or across the road, as it creates a safety hazard for driving or walking.”

A Colorado low is a low-pressure system which forms in the Colorado area and usually brings with it heavy snow to many North American regions.

Chief Berney focused his point on ice safety. “Lake Scugog is beginning to freeze over. If you haven’t had that conversation with your family, now is the time to have a good conversation about ice safety. Ice safety is so important, [especially in] a lakeside community. I can’t urge our residents enough to have that conversation [and to] keep their family safe.”

He recommended going online to the Canadian Red Cross’ website and searching ‘Ice Safety’ for anyone who wants more information on the subject.

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