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Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Update

Many APSEA staff and families will find themselves travelling the roads within the Atlantic Provinces this winter. Please take a moment to read the following information from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) to promote safety on the roads with the unpredictable weather of the winter months.

Prepare your vehicle. Driving in winter weather - snow, ice, wet and cold - creates a great challenge for vehicles and drivers. Keeping your vehicle in good technical repair reduces your overall chances for any mishap or disaster while driving - particularly in winter weather. To prepare your vehicle for winter driving give it a complete checkup and pay special attention to the electrical system, brakes, tires, exhaust system, heating and cooling systems, windshield wipers and fuel.

Pack a winter driving kit. A well-stocked winter driving kit helps to handle any emergency. Your winter driving kit should include a bag of sand, salt or kitty litter, traction mats, snow shovel, snow brush and ice scraper, warning devices such as flares or a “Call Police” sign, blanket, extra clothing, snacks and fuel line de-icer.

For more winter driving tips visit the CCOHS website.

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