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Keeping kids safe during winter activities

A pair of skates on ice

Cold weather, ice and snow can be fun but also dangerous for children. Here are a few tips to help keep your kids warm and safe during winter.

A pair of skates on ice

Dispelling myths: Should you ice or heat an injury?

Someone holding an ice pack to their knee

As we go through life, bumps, bruises, scrapes, and falls are often part of the human experience. Whether through unexpected slips and falls, sports injuries, or an occasional case of clumsiness, some misadventures can lead to more serious injuries to bones, muscles and joints.

Someone holding an ice pack to their knee

Welcome to Canadian winter: After the winter storm

Two people smiling at the camera with frozen land behind them

The blizzard has finally passed. The ice storm has stopped raging. Your home is snowed in and the power is out, though thankfully your household members are safely inside. For many newcomers, the aftermath of a winter emergency requires a safe and strategic approach, including advanced planning.

Two people smiling at the camera with frozen land behind them

7 days of winter preparedness

A black and white photo of a person skating down a frozen river

What makes the difference between a bad winter and a good one is preparation. Depending on where you live, winter can mean extreme cold temperatures, snow storms and power outages. Join us for the next seven days as we do one small thing each day to help prepare for cold days ahead.

A black and white photo of a person skating down a frozen river

Welcome to Canadian winter: Navigating in winter conditions

A woman holding a baby in winter wear standing on snowy ground in front of a body of water

Getting out and about during winter is something that newcomers need to prepare for in advance. Breathtaking, frozen Canadian landscapes require special knowledge, skills and planning to navigate safely. Many classic wintertime activities involve being well prepared before getting started.

A woman holding a baby in winter wear standing on snowy ground in front of a body of water

Welcome to Canadian winter: Dressing for winter conditions

A woman in a winter coat throwing snow into the air

Canada’s famously cold temperatures can easily catch people by surprise. As newcomers learn about their new country, winter weather will be a big part of this introduction – so the Canadian Red Cross and Immigration Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) have teamed up to provide helpful advice to help them dress for winter success!

A woman in a winter coat throwing snow into the air

Welcome to Canadian winter: preparing newcomers for their first winter

A man wearing a winter coat and hat stands in a snowy forest

For all of its beauty, Canada’s winters can be harsh, long, and full of unexpected or hidden dangers. Luckily, with some practical cold climate planning and winter safety knowledge, new Canadians can arrive ready for real life winter situations.

A man wearing a winter coat and hat stands in a snowy forest

6 common kitchen mistakes that start fires

A woman panicking at a kitchen stove where a pot is on fire.

Many of us have found ourselves baking and cooking more. With all this increased kitchen action, there’s also bound to be accidents. Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires in Canada. Take a look at some common habits that may lead to a kitchen fire.

A woman panicking at a kitchen stove where a pot is on fire.

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