The City of Markham has added eight new vehicles to its winter maintenance fleet and is reminding residents about what to do in the event of a winter storm.

That includes not pushing snow from your property back onto the street. It’s illegal and obstructs the work of its operations team. Also, remember to pile snow on the right side of your driveway, when facing the road, when shoveling, as that helps minimize the ridge of snow created by the snowplow at the end of your driveway.

Markham uses various equipment and technology as part of its proactive winter maintenance.

“The City of Markham continues to exceed expectations in local road service, ensuring our residents can safely get around this winter season,” says Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Our goal is to provide exceptional service to keep our residents safe and up to date on operations in our community.”

Winter storms can treacherous and damaging if you’re unprepared, as they can disrupt power supply and transportation and create home and personal safety issues, city officials note. In addition to the tips provided here, they recommend residents remove snow from fire hydrants and drainage catch basins near their property, remove plowed snow from the end of their driveway and avoid on-street parking.

If you’re indoors, listen to the radio and/or TV for weather reports and emergency information and check Markham’s daily updates on Facebook and Twitter. Stay indoors if possible and keep water running. Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.

If you’re outdoors, avoid overexertion when shovelling snow by taking frequent breaks. Dress in several layers of lightweight clothing. Wear mittens, a hat that covers your ears and waterproof, insulated boots. Check regularly for frostbite. (Symptoms may include numbness or white areas on your face and extremities like ears, nose, cheeks, hands and feet.) Bring pets/companion animals inside and move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.

Photo courtesy of the City of Markham