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Winter Safety Tips and Holiday Hours

As we head into December and the coming winter months, we wanted to share some important information about keeping safe.

After Hours Emergency Calls (after 430pm) call 403 734 3815

Business Hours Call (8am-430pm) 403 734 5200

Upcoming Holiday Office Hours


Housing offices are closed between December 22 to January 8. Please call 403 734 3815 for housing emergencies during this time.


 

Did you know Housing received over 670 calls last winter for housing support?


As winter sets in, it brings forth its own set of challenges, especially when it comes to maintaining safety and comfort within your home. With dropping temperatures and potential weather hazards, it's crucial to take proactive measures to ensure a safe and secure living environment. Here are some essential winter safety tips:


1. Heating Systems Check

Ensure that your heating systems are in top-notch condition before the cold hits. Test your heaters, radiators, and thermostats to guarantee they are functioning effectively. If any issues arise, promptly report them to your landlord or property manager for immediate repair.


2. Prevent Frozen Pipes

Frozen pipes can lead to significant damage. To prevent this, keep cabinets open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes, especially those located against exterior walls. Let faucets drip during extremely cold weather to keep water flowing and prevent freezing.


3. Weatherproofing

Seal gaps around doors and windows to keep warm air in and cold air out. Use weather stripping and caulking to prevent drafts and improve insulation. This not only enhances comfort but also helps save on heating costs.


4. Snow and Ice Removal

Ensure walkways, driveways, and entrances are cleared promptly after snowfall. Use ice melt or sand to prevent slippery surfaces and reduce the risk of accidents.


5. Fire Safety Measures

As temperatures drop, people often use alternative heating sources like space heaters or fireplaces. Ensure these are used safely by keeping flammable objects away and never leaving them unattended. Install smoke detectors and check their batteries regularly.


6. Emergency Kit Preparation

Create an emergency kit stocked with essentials like flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food items, blankets, and a first aid kit. Be prepared for power outages or unexpected situations due to severe weather conditions.


7. Communication with Housing

Maintain open communication with Housing regarding any concerns or issues related to winter safety.


Conclusion

By taking these precautionary steps, tenants can significantly reduce the risks associated with winter weather and ensure a safe and comfortable living environment. Remember, proactive measures and open communication with your landlord are key to safeguarding your home and well-being during the colder months.


Stay warm, stay safe!




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