Sunshine.  Lots of sunshine.  And no cold weather alert.

That, in a nutshell, is the weather forecast for the Family Day weekend and into the next work week.  It couldn’t be better for the final weekend of the Cochrane Chimo Winter Carnival.

Even aside from the carnival, a lot of us will taking to the great outdoors, prompting OPP Const. Michelle Simard to remind us of how to do it safely.

Firstly, she says if you’re going out into the bush or snowmobile trails, go with a buddy and have an emergency kit.  And make sure you’re dressed appropriately.

“More is better than not enough,” Simard comments.  “You don’t want to be out there and then you decide you’re cold and you don’t have that extra sweater.  So lots of layers, make sure you have extra mitts, your hat, scarves and waterproof boots.”

Continuing along her safety theme, the officer says  always wear a helmet for skiing, snowboarding, skating or snowmobiling.

“The most important thing for me is carry a charged cell phone.  We have access to this technology.  Before you leave the house, make sure it’s charged.  And know your limits.  You might think that you can climb that mountain, but maybe not, so know what you’re able to do and not able to do.”

OUTDOOR WINTER ACTIVITY SAFETY TIPS

  • Have a plan; take a buddy and an emergency kit
  • Wear appropriate outdoor clothing: wear a tightly woven, preferably wind-resistant coat or jacket; inner layers of light, warm clothing; mittens; hats; scarves; and waterproof boots.
  • Wear a helmet when skiing, skating, snowboarding and snowmobiling.
  • Carry a charged cell phone.
  • Know your limits

Source: Constable Michelle Simard, Ontario Provincial Police