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Winter Safety

The Carleton Place area has received an above average amount of snow so far this winter. On the heels of the most recent snowfall of >30 cm, the Ocean Wave Fire Company would like to remind all Carleton Place residents that By-law 23-2005 (Snow Removal) prohibits placing snow on the property of others or municipal property without permission. Of particular concern is moved snow that blocks or impedes access to a fire hydrant.

“I would ask everyone to take a moment to think of the possible consequences for their or other families if crucial time is wasted trying to access a hydrant when needed during an emergency,” says Les Reynolds, Fire Chief for the Town of Carleton Place

Residents are encouraged to take the following steps to help keep their families and neighbours safe during the winter months

  1. Adopt a Hydrant. While Public Works clears snow from around hydrants as quickly as they can, it is simply not possible for them to manage this in a timely manner. Citizens can help by taking the time to clear a hydrant near their home while clearing their driveway.
  2. Regularly check to make sure that all vents and intakes for any heating equipment are clear of snow. A blocked vent prevents your heating equipment from operating properly and is one of the most common causes of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  3. Limit on street parking as much as possible. Until snow has been removed many side streets are much narrower than normal. Vehicles parked across from each other have the potential to prevent emergency vehicles from getting past and could lead to an avoidable tragedy.

Carleton Place residents who have any questions should not hesitate to contact the Ocean Wave Fire Company at 613-257-5526 or Fire Chief Reynolds at lreynolds@carletonplace.ca.