BEFORE THE STORM HITS: PREPARE NOW FOR A SAFER CLEAN-UP AFTER A SNOWSTORM HITS

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Before a winter storm arrives, it’s important for home and business owners to prepare for snow clean-up and ice removal. Police, fire and medical emergercy personnel remind home and business owners that it’s best to get ready before a storm strikes.
 
The days after a storm can be dangerous for people who are trying to get things back to normal and facing extraordinary circumstances.
 
Just a few short years ago, the Greater Toronto Area was ravaged by an unprecedented ice storm which left many homeownners powerless over the holiday season.
 
 
Roger, a local fire official says that far too often, people wait till the very last minute. “Emergency preparation is so important. Ensuring your tools are ready can save you a lot of time, energy and money.    Roger also suggests filling up your fuel can when the storm is upon us and servicing your equipment, is just as important as stocking up on toilet paper, bread and milk at the grocery store before a storm.
 
Fuel stations may be closed after a storm, so it’s important to have the proper fuel for your equipment. Store your fuel in an approved container and use the type of fuel recommended by your equipment’s manufacturer. 
 
The Toronto Emergency Task Force (ETF) offers the following tips to help homeowners and businesses to plan ahead for storm cleanup:
 
 
Look it over – before the storm hits. Your first task should be to survey your property and make a list of what tools might be needed. You might need a chainsaw, pruner, generator, or snowthrower.
 
Take stock of your outdoor power equipment. Ensure your equipment is in good working order. Try starting the equipment, check plugs, filters and be sure to ALWAYS USE FRESH, PREMIUM GAS. 
 
 
Ensure you have the right safety gearand use them properly; including sturdy shoes, safety goggles, hard hats, warm, reflective clothing and work gloves. 
 
Review the owner’s manuals for your equipment and safe handling procedures. Read product manuals to ensure you know how to operate your equipment safely.
 
Calm and commonsense are the keys to using products effectively. Be calm and use common sense when using outdoor power equipment. For instance, be aware of fundamental dangers that can occur, such as chainsaw kickback, which may happen when the moving chain at the tip of the guide bar touches an object, or when the wood closes in and pinches the saw chain in the cut. Always stand with your weight on both feet, and adjust your stance so you are angled away from the saw chain blade. Hold the chainsaw with both hands. Never overreach or cut anything above your shoulder height. 
 
 
Keep firm footing when using your equipment. Make sure you always keep a firm footing on the ground and watch out for ice! Observe the safety zone, which means keeping bystanders at least 20-30 feet away from your work area.  Keep bystanders, children and animals out of your work area. Do not allow other people near outdoor power equipment, such as chainsaws, pole saws or pole pruners when starting the equipment or cutting with it. Be aware of others.
 
Ensure portable electric generators have plenty of ventilation. Generators should never be used in an enclosed area or placed inside a home, even if the windows or doors are open. Generators produce carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless and poisonous gas that can be lethal. Place the generator outside and away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors. Keep the generator dry and do not use it in rainy or wet conditions. Before refueling, turn the generator off and let it cool down.
 
 
Use snowthrowers with caution. Keep the vehicle stable, drive slowly and do not turn the vehicle mid-slope or while on a hill.
 
Pay attention to your health. Storm cleanup can be taxing on the body and the spirit. Do not operate power equipment when you are tired or overly fatigued. Drink plenty of water and take regular breaks.  SAFETY ALWAYS COMES FIRST!
 
If you need help to get your yard work and snow removal done safely, effectively and efficiently we invite you to come in and find the right tools for your needs, application and budget.  From portible power supply, to tree pruning to snow removal, At Alpine, we`ll ensure we `Make it Easy`to get through all of winter`s worst. 
 
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.  We look forward to helping you.

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