January 16, 2022
The City of Kingston has declared a significant weather event following a weather alert issued by Environment Canada. During a significant weather event, residents are advised to use extra caution and are reminded that winter maintenance service levels for roads and sidewalks may not be met.
What makes a weather event significant?
A significant weather event is defined as an approaching or occurring weather hazard with the potential to pose a significant danger to the users of highways (streets) within a municipality. When hazardous weather is expected, Environment Canada will issue alert under its Public Weather Alerting Program. Provincial legislation was updated in 2018 to allow municipalities to declare a significant weather event.
Be safe around snowplows
Drivers: Stay three car-lengths behind a snowplow to allow for a safe stopping distance. NEVER cut off a snowplow.
Pedestrians and caregivers:
- Assume the snowplow driver has NOT seen you.
- If you see a snowplow, move off the sidewalk and into a yard where you can be seen.
- Do NOT play on or make forts or tunnels in roadside snowbanks.
- NEVER approach a snowplow, even when it has stopped.
Help ensure snowplows can keep our streets clear. Winter parking regulations prohibit parking on any city street between the hours of 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.
Take extra steps to be prepared in advance of a significant weather event:
- Ensure that your cell phone is charged, flashlights are within reach and have fresh batteries, an adequate food supply on hand, and a heat source is available to keep your family and pets warm.
- Never run a generator in an enclosed space.
- If you need to drive, please take it slow and drive safely. Check your vehicle to ensure you have a blanket to keep you warm, in the event that you become stuck or your vehicle breaks down. Ensure you have a mobile phone charger, flashlight with extra batteries, first aid kit, and warm clothing such as a toque, mitts and winter boots, water and snacks.
For more emergency preparedness tips please visit CityofKingston.ca/Emergency.
Residents can review the City’s Winter Maintenance Policy online to learn more about the Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards at CityofKingston.ca/Snow.