Tips to prepare for the winter
The winter of 2022-2023 is predicted to be unusual, and it is advised to be prepared in advance for an un-predicted heating system or lighting breakdown.
2022–2023 Canadian Winter Forecast Summary
- Winter has arrived early, with cold temperatures dropping from the Yukon region and northern Alberta to stable across the Prairies and into southern Ontario and southwest Quebec.
- Mid-to-late November 2022, icebox conditions will be likely to aggravate as the season progresses.
- Various major snowstorms are anticipated for southern Quebec and Atlantic Canada, with the first arriving before the end of November.
- The southern side of the Prairies and most of British Columbia will likely be more wet than snowy, with freezing rain more prevalent than usual.
How can we prepare?
- Schedule a heating system inspection.
- Make sure your backup electricity generator supplies power to your portable heating equipment and basic lighting.
- Using electric blankets and heating pads, which are effective ways to be warm in small spaces during a furnace breakdown. Please use with caution and don’t fall asleep with electric blankets/heating pads on.
- Using candles, which are an inexpensive way to generate heat during a heating outage. However, please be sure never to leave them unattended.
- During the frigid weather, take off programmable thermostats out of the setback mode and set them on hold for around 22 °C.
- Limit opening exterior doors and door insulation.
- Check air vents and radiators are not blocked and allow limited/regulated flow.
- Ensuring that there are emergency lights in the rooms and hallways.
- Consider and recommend dressing in layers.
What not to do?
- Never use an oven or stove as a heater, as it can be a significant fire hazard and risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Some cost and heat-effective portable heaters
Please choose portable heaters depending on your needs and room requirements. A few options are mentioned below:
- Alcohol Heaters
- Portable Propane Heaters
- Little Buddy Heaters
- Terracotta Pot Heaters
- Masonry Heaters
- Electric Space Heaters
For more support, please contact BCCPA Energy Specialist Abhijeet Singh at email@example.com or by phone at 604-736-4233 ext. 246.