In addition, in the recent snow storm of Dec. 10/11, 2009, many seniors were stuck indoors. Cars were not moving, and the highways were closed both south of Huntsville and Gravenhurst, and near Bracebridge. OPP say to ensure you have your car winter ready: all fluids topped up. Carrying a safety kit is a good idea, with water, snacks, a flashlight, a shovel, blankets, hats & mitts, and a candle to keep you warm.
Some seniors cannot shovel their walks, others depend on neighbours for mail and groceries. It is important to shovel both back and front steps, as ailing seniors are at risk for falls. There must be an emergency escape route out of the house, and ambulance crews must be able to get a gurney into the home. (Ours was blocked by snow!)
Ontario man found dead under snowbank (Globe and Mail)
One man died in Bracebridge. Such a shame. Greg Shepherd (60 years old). He leaves behind 6 children and his wife, who was on vacation at the time. He had been having chest pains that week, but went outdoors to shovel the metre of snow (39"). They found him buried in 1.5 m. of snow, having collapsed that morning.