Despite complaints of how it “lasts half the year,” we Canadians love our winters. In fact, we’re proud of them. They’re wonderful for curling up at home, visiting family and friends, and playing in the snow.
But our winter has a dark side with the risk of power outs, frostbite, vehicle mishaps, and more. As with any danger, the key is good preparation. Here are some helpful checklists for winter safety indoors, outdoors, and on the road. They’ll help you survive a Canadian winter in style:
√ Blackout Basics: Home is the coziest place to be during winter. Until there’s a power outage, that is. That’s when you’ll need three days of food and water, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, candles, flashlights, and a few board games, too.
√ Fire Logs: When waiting out cold snaps and nasty colds alike, a roaring fire makes your home into a sanctuary. But maintaining a woodpile can be impractical. Luckily, artificial logs burn for hours. No fireplace? Grab a space heater, instead.
√ A Generator: During prolonged blackouts, a generator can power all your survival essentials, like the heaters we mentioned before and so much more. Just keep it full of fuel and stored away. Even if you never need to use it, it’s great to know it’s there.
√ Large Flashlight: If your car is stuck or can’t be driven safely, you might need to flag down assistance or head for nearby help on foot. In those cases, you’ll be glad to have a large, very bright flashlight to ensure you’re easily seen.
√ Quality Scraper & Shovel: Don’t be forced to push snow around with your boot or use the old credit card window-cleaning trick this winter. Get a full-sized shovel and a quality scraper, instead. You’ll thank yourself later.
√ A GPS Tracker: Planning a long winter car trip? There’s a good chance you’ll leave cellular reception far behind. So it’s always smart to let someone know where you’re headed. Even better? Give them the ability to track you via satellite.
√ Warming Pads: Being outdoors is exhilarating in the wintertime. But before long, your fingers and toes will start smarting. Or worse, they’ll become numb. Keep the fun going with heating pads for your hands and feet.
√ Insulated Drink Container: Canadians know the only thing better than a warm drink at home is one outdoors. If you’re headed out beyond the coffee shops (difficult in Canada, we know), a quality insulated container, like this one from Thermos, will save the day.
√ Phone Charger: You’ve been out all day taking and sharing pictures of your winter fun when you suddenly realize your battery is getting low. Sound familiar? For safety and convenience, carry a pocket-sized phone charger wherever you go.
Stay safe and enjoy the winter, everyone.
Our thoughts are with everyone in Fort McMurray and surrounding area during this very difficult time. We are currently assembling essential supplies and staff to support evacuees in and around the area. In addition, donations to the Canadian Red Cross can be made online at www.londondrugs.com or at any London Drugs location.
On Saturday April 25, 2015, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck near Kathmandu, Nepal, causing widespread devastation. Thousands of people are reported dead and many more are injured or missing. You can help provide immediate humanitarian assistance by giving to the Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund.
The Canadian Red Cross along with the Nepal Red Cross will be working to provide the most urgent needs including emergency medical assistance, clean drinking water and food. The Canadian Red Cross Nepal Region Earthquake Fund is collecting
donations to help the affected areas and to bring additional relief materials to the region.
How to Help
London Drugs customers have generously donated more than $45,000 towards the Red Cross Typhoon Haiyan Fund through cashier tills at all of our 78 store locations.
The Canadian Red Cross field hospital and staff are set up in the heavily damaged island of Leyte working to ensure essential health needs of more than 100,000 people are met. This includes surgical, pharmacy, maternity, pediatric services and psychosocial support.
As we read in this latest dispatch, the field hospital remains at 100% capacity, and “if it was easy, someone else would have done it.”
The Government of Canada has extended its program to match dollar-for-dollar eligible donations by individuals until December 23rd, 2013. London Drugs will continue accepting at-till donations for the Red Cross relief efforts at all 78 London Drugs stores.
Typhoon Haiyan ravaged six central Philippine islands on Friday. It is one of the strongest storms to ever make landfall. The true scale of devastation has yet to emerge as communications and transportation links have been shattered, however it is clear that the country is in dire need of help to support rescue, emergency medical assistance and provide basic necessitates to the more than 9.5 million people affected.
The recent floods in southern Alberta displaced thousands of people from their homes and businesses, and many people have lost everything they own.
As media are allowed to go into the impacted areas and capture the aftermath and devastation, it is shocking to see how widespread the floods have damaged – and in some cases washed away – family homes, vehicles and neighbourhoods.
Calgary and southern Albertans have shown great courage and strength amidst this natural disaster.
We applaud all of the heroes who have stepped up with support and the willingness to do whatever is necessary to lend a helping hand.
We are incredibly proud of our 900 Alberta team members for their strength and determination when faced with a variety of adversities to continue to help as many people as possible and for being part of the relief efforts in a variety of ways. READ MORE
Japan is trying to rebuild after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake on March 11 triggered a tsunami that killed thousands and left countless others homeless.