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Canton Emergency Management Office Offers Safety Tips for Cold Weather

Summit on the Park opened as warming center for those struggling with frigid temperatures.

Canton Township is offering a refuge from the frigid temperatures at its Summit on the Park.

Summit on the Park, 46000 Summit Parkway in Canton, has opened as a warming center from 5:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 6 a.m.–7 p.m. Sunday. 

Visitors are asked to sign in at the front desk. The telephone number for the Summit is (734) 394-5460.

Canton Township's Emergency Management Office also offered the following tips to prepare for severe winter weather:

At home:

  • Keep a flashlight, a NOAA weather radio and a portable radio on hand along with extra batteries.
  • Store extra food (canned or dried food is best), can opener, and bottled water (at least 3 gallons per person).
  • Make sure each member of household has a warm coat, gloves, hat and water-resistant boots.
  • Ensure that extra blankets and heavy clothes are available.
  • Keep on hand items for infant, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Be aware of potential fire and carbon monoxide hazards if you plan to use an emergency heating source such as a fireplace, wood stove or space heater.
  • Don’t forget your pets – be sure to have suitable shelter with food and water when outdoors.

Outside:

  • Be careful and avoid overexertion such as shoveling heavy snow, pushing cars or walking in wet/deep/heavy snow.
  • Walk carefully on snow and ice-covered surfaces.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, layered clothing with a waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget a hat and gloves.
  • Understand the hazards of wind chill.

Vehicle Preparedness:

  • Have your vehicle winterized –  have a mechanic check the antifreeze, tires, belts, hoses, battery, etc.
  • Keep extra windshield washer fluid in your vehicle.
  • Try to keep you fuel tank near full - gas stations may be closed during severe weather.
  • Have an emergency supply kit in your trunk. Include flares, water, energy bars/nonperishable foods, blanket, shovel, jumper cables, maps, etc.)

For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, contact Canton’s Emergency Management Office, at (734) 394-5357, email krich@canton-mi.org or visit its website at www.cantonpublicsafey.org.

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