Halton Hills and North Halton newspapers
OPINION Cold weather brings potential for trouble
Independent & Free Press (Georgetown, ON), 9 Feb 2007, p. 6

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"Cold enough for you?" We're sure Halton Hills residents (and most of those in Ontario) have been hearing that question a lot in the past couple weeks as we've suffered (enjoyed?) a spate of cold weather that would make an Antarctic penguin happy. While the frigid weather has certainly been the talk around the water cooler, it's important that residents recognize this type of weather presents a myriad of potential hazards. First, just because the mercury has plummeted that doesn't mean waterways that appear frozen are safe enough to stand on. Extreme caution should be used around all ponds and lakes and do not venture out onto a pond unless you know for a fact that the ice can support you. Better still, use a Town-operated outdoor rink for your skating pleasure. Secondly, while we homo sapiens may find the extreme cold uncomfortable that doesn't mean our furry friends enjoy it any more just because they have fur. Keeping your pet outside for extended lengths of time in this weather is simply cruel. Be aware road salt can also hurt your dog's paws. Keep those walks short in cold weather and your dog will be happier for it. Third, in the extreme cold it is only common sense to avoid long exposure to the elements. The simple rule to follow is: if you don't have to go out in the bitter cold-- don't. Lastly, the Halton Hills Fire Protection and Prevention Services this week issued a reminder to residents to not warm up their cars in or near their garage because of the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning-- it's a potentially deadly habit that far too many drivers practise. As well, outside vents from high efficiency furnaces and water heaters should also be checked to ensure they are clear of snow.

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OPINION Cold weather brings potential for trouble