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Snowfall Prompts Winter Reminders

December 10, 2012

Keep gas meters, hydrants and fire escapes clear

The City and Utilities Kingston offer residents these seasonal reminders:

1. Be safe around snow plows.

Drivers: Stay three car-lengths behind a snow plow to allow for a safe stopping distance. NEVER cut off a snow plow.

Pedestrians and parents:

  • Assume the snow plow driver has NOT seen you.
  • If you see a snow plow, move off the sidewalk and into a yard where you can be seen.
  • Do NOT play on, or make forts or tunnels in roadside snow banks.
  • NEVER approach a snow plow, even when it has stopped.

2. Keep gas meters clear. Although your outdoor gas meter is designed to withstand winter weather, heavy or hard-packed snow and ice can be a safety hazard. Keep snow and ice from building up on and covering your meter. If you have a concern please call our 24-hour line at 613-546-1181. For tips and information, visit www.utilitieskingston.com.

3. Make hydrants visible. We thank citizens who take the time to clear snow and ice from fire hydrants, providing access to fire fighters in case of emergency.

4. Clear fire escapes to allow for a safe exit in the event of a fire emergency.

5. Place garbage and recycling where it can be clearly seen and safely collected. Choose a collection area at a safe and visible ground-level location, such as:

  • the right side at the end of your driveway (as you face the street),
  • if you do not have a driveway, place it on the boulevard closest to the curb,
  • or, if there is no boulevard, place it on the right side at the end of your walkway.

Keep a path from the road to your collectibles clear of snow and ice. Safe placement of collectibles helps avoid worker injury. To ensure worker safety, please remove bungee cords and other tie-downs from Green Bins and garbage cans set at the curb.

6. Do not park overnight on City streets. Parking is prohibited on City streets from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. from Dec. 1 to March 31. This bylaw ensures that cars are kept off the streets so that snow plows can effectively respond to winter weather events. Car owners who defy the bylaw, risk receiving a fine of up to $30, or possibly having their vehicle towed. The parking prohibition remains in place until the end of March, 2013. Residents are also reminded that parking in the middle of a cul-de-sac is also prohibited at all times.

7. Clear snow and ice from sidewalks (but don't push snow on to the street). By law, business property owners or occupants of businesses which front on to public sidewalks, are required to remove any snow or ice (including roof-top snow, ice or icicles, see below), which may be hazardous to pedestrians. These businesses must remove snow and ice from sidewalks "as soon as is practicable but, in any event, not later than 12 hours after the end of the precipitation that caused the snow and ice." Businesses that do not comply could face a fine of up to $5,000. It is also illegal to move snow on to streets or sidewalks. The City's Public Works department recommends that homeowners also clear their snow within 12 hours of a snowfall as a courtesy to their neighbours.

8. Remove icicles hazardous to pedestrians. Owners and occupants of every building in Kingston must remove the snow and ice, including icicles, from the roof of that building whenever it poses an immediate danger to pedestrians. Property owners or occupants who do not comply with the above regulations could face a fine of up to $5,000.

9. Prevent electrical lines from freezing. Keep your eaves troughs free of debris so water runs safely away before it freezes. Ice can build up where overhead service lines attach to your home-a dangerous and costly situation. Consider that the root of the problem may be poor attic insulation. Please don't attempt to clear a service line, call Utilities Kingston's 24-hour line at 613-546-1181.

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Media contact information:
Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, extension 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext 2300