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  

Notice of Planned Power Outage from BC Hydro **UPDATE**

POSTED: February 14, 2019

PLEASE NOTE:  BC Hydro has advised the outage previously scheduled for Tuesday, March 19th from 1pm to 3pm has been CANCELLED.

At this point the Power Outage scheduled for NEXT Tuesday, March 26 from 9:30am to 3:30pm is still on schedule. For more information see the link from BC Hydro.

Public Notices, Information and Job Opportunities

POSTED: January 3, 2019

View District of Stewart Public Notices, Information & Job Opportunites here

Public Notice:  Bear River Water Advisory

POSTED: December 14, 2018

Please see the Public Notice attached advising the public not to use water directly from the Bear River for domestic purposes as of today, December 14.

Regional District Waste Survey-complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

POSTED: March 5, 2019

Complete the RDKS Solid Waste Survey to provide your thoughts on waste management in our region. Your input will help guide strategies for the future. 

The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine is developing a new Solid Waste Management Plan to provide direction for how we will reduce, reuse, recycle and dispose of waste for the next decade.  We appreciate you taking 10 to 15 minutes of your valuable time to share your thoughts on garbage and recycling in our region. We need your input for our Solid Waste Plan to be successful.

Complete the survey for your chance to win a $100 VISA gift card!

Occupational Health & Safety and Workplace Bullying & Harassment - Course Opportunity

POSTED: February 20, 2019

Please see the link for more information on these 2 courses that will be available in Stewart on April 9 & 10, 2019

Community Contest

POSTED: February 13, 2019

Stewart Council is seeking suggestions from members of the community to create a new slogan for the District of Stewart.  See the Community Contest Poster for details!

Christmas Card Contest Winners

POSTED: November 22, 2018

We are pleased to announce the winners of the District's Christmas Card Winners!

Discover BC’s Stewart-Cassiar Region

POSTED: February 21, 2018

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: February 21, 2018

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

BC Hydro Installation of Bird Guarding at Stewart Substation

POSTED: January 8, 2018

Please see the attached information regarding BC Hydro's recent installation of Bird Guarding at the Stewart Substation