This Saturday marks the official start to the autumn season. And with that, brings the inevitiable change to cold and snow. Natalie Hasell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada suggests using these last days of summer to prepare for the change in seasons.
"Considering it is September now, these warm sunny days would be a great opportunity to take stock and check how things are going around your property. Are all the tiles on your roof still there? We've had a number of pretty bad events this summer, as we do every summer and maybe you didn't notice that there was damage. Now's the time to check and deal with it so you're not wondering about it during a snowstorm."
She adds that it is also important to check your emergency kits
"Make sure everything is still good and hasn't reached an expiry date and hasn't gone off. Check what's in your car. Do you have everything you need if you were in an emergency on the road? So take these slightly easier days to get prepared for the next season. Review your family emergency plans. Review your work emergency plan, if you haven't in awhile."
And any time is a good time to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide or your smoke detectors.
"All of those little things that don't actually take very long, but are really critical when you need them these easy weather days are a really good to do that."