Snow & Winter Safety

Snow & Winter Safety

Stewart is one of the snowiest towns in Canada.  Over a typical winter, on average 572 cm (18.75 feet) of snow lands in Stewart.

Prepare For Winter

Before a winter storm arrives, plan ahead so you can comfortably and safely carry on during the winter season.

  • Make arrangements with family members who may be elderly or have limited mobility issues and who do not live with you– help them prepare for winter.
  • Get your home winter ready – have your furnace inspected, shut off outside water, and clean the catch basin grates before snow arrives.
  • Assess the trees on your property and trim dead branches to reduce the danger of them falling onto power lines or your house during a storm.
  • Winterize your vehicle and, when it snows, drive only with good winter tires.
  • Make alternate plans for getting to work in the snow.
  • Be sure to have warm clothing and solid shoes or boots with good traction.

Assemble the following basic emergency supplies to help your family be self-sufficient for 72 hours:

  • Water – at least 4 litres of water per person per day (to consume and for food preparation/hygiene)
  • Food – that won’t spoil and requires little or no preparation (i.e. canned, or dried)
  • Manual can opener
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Battery powered or wind up radio
  • First Aid Kit
  • Specialty items (for the needs of infants, elderly, disabled persons and pets)
  • Extra keys and some cash in smaller bills
  • A copy of your emergency plan and contact information

Planning Ahead


Home

  • Have a flashlight, electric lantern, extra batteries
  • Consider an alternative safe heating system
  • Choose approved heating units that do not depend on an electric motor, electric fan or other electrical device to function
  • Check with the dealer or manufacturer regarding power requirements and proper operating procedures
  • Use caution and follow directions when operating generators, insuring they are in a proper well-ventilated area
  • Furnace and fireplace maintenance considerations are very important in preparing for winter weather.
  • Never use a camp stove, barbecue, or propane or kerosene heater indoors.

Vehicle Preparation
Colder temperatures demand a lot of your vehicle, so it's important to prepare for the winter season. Visit a qualified technician to ensure your vehicle is in good working condition. Make sure you have the following items in your vehicle to help you in the case of an emergency:

  • Jumper cables
  • Shovel
  • Traction pads or chains
  • Ice scraper
  • Towing cable
  • Flares
  • Blanket, warm gloves and boots
  • First aid kit, candles and non-perishable foods such as candy bars
  • Flashlight

Other Snow-Smart Tips

  • Keep children safe: don’t let them play in snow piles or roadside snowbanks.
  • Parked vehicles hamper snowplows; if possible, don’t park on the street after it snows.
  • When shoveling snow, pile it on your property – not on the sidewalk or street.
  • Clear snow and ice away from storm sewer catch basins to allow the melted snow to reach the storm sewer. When catch basins are blocked, street flooding can occur, turning the street into an ice rink when the temperature drops.

If You Are Planning a Road-Trip:

  • Check out the drivebc website for the current road conditions and bulletins of imminent road closures due to Avalanche control:  http://www.drivebc.ca/  or call: 1-800-550-4997  

UBCM-2016

POSTED: October 13, 2016 | Mayors Blog

The 2016 Union of British Columbia Municipalities convention is focused on the theme “Stronger Together”. Standing together, from far and wide, each region still stands together. Each region has something unique to contribute to the growth and prosperity of BC and is integral to the success of this province.

Water quality

POSTED: September 5, 2016 | Mayors Blog

Lately the District of Stewart has issued few times a boil water advisory.  It's strictly a precautionary measure due power outage. Without power  water pressure at our pump declined below established level. A loss in pressure can result in contamination entering the drinking water distribution system from surrounding soil and groundwater (to read more click heading)
 

Stewart - the Best Town for Nature Lovers

POSTED: July 7, 2014 | Kids Blog

If you enjoy fresh air, hiking and wild life photography, see why this Bear Valley School student thinks you'll love Stewart!  => read essay

STEWART HAS THE BEST SOIL FOR GARDENING

POSTED: March 3, 2014 | Kids Blog

Read this essay from Lane Hyslop to understand why the soil in Stewart is great for gardeners!

October is Foster Family Month

POSTED: October 13, 2017

At the Regular Council Meeting of October 10, 2017, Council made a motion to proclaim October as Foster Family Month

Water Quality Advisory - September 5, 2017

POSTED: September 5, 2017

Please see the attached Public Notice regarding the Water Quality Advisory issued by the District of Stewart

2018 Community Grants-In-Aid

POSTED: September 5, 2017

The District of Stewart is now accepting applications from organizations seeking funding in excess of $1000 for the year 2018.  Deadline for applying is October 31st, 2017.
 

October 24:  Attention Business Owners

POSTED: October 11, 2017

The District of Stewart and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine have partnered together to visit local businesses and perform surveys and create a face-to-face connection with local business owners. "Business Walks" track the pulse of the business community and is one tool used to identify needed programs and services to the community. For more information see the attached poster.
 

2017 Christmas Card Competition

POSTED: September 14, 2017

Calling all Artists & Photographers:  The District of Stewart is inviting members of the community to participate in a competition that will result in your original artwork or photograph to be featured on a District Christmas card.  See the attached poster for details.

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: December 20, 2016

Take a look at this Auto Tour video produced in conjunction with Destination BC, Kermode Tourism, and the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine-displaying spectacular views of scenery near Hazelton, New Hazelton, the Nass Valley and Stewart, with Dr. Joseph Gosnell narrating:  www.stewartcassiarhighway.com 

Salmon Glacier Auto Tour Brochure

POSTED: August 2, 2016

Here is an excellent resource to accompany you on your travel to visit the spectacular Salmon Glacier - Auto Tour Brochure