Get Prepared for Spring in Calgary!

Lisa Cai Daily Life, Newcomer Information, Updates

According to Environment Canada, the average temperature in Calgary ranges from 5°C to 10°C in April and May. This week in Calgary, we will see temperature as high as 19°C. Spring has arrived! We can smell it in the air. Here are a few things to get your prepared for warm spring in Calgary:

Make the winter-to-summer tire switch

In Calgary, the best time to switch your winter tires back to all-season or summer tires is usually between April and May, and here’s why:

– Winter tires work best in cold temperatures;

– When it goes above 7°C, winter tires create more resistance and eat up more gas;

– Driving on winter tires in warm temperatures will result in reducing their lifespan.

Please check the weather forecast before making the change!

Avoid walking on any ice-covered rivers or lakes

Last week, a woman was stuck in melting ice on the surface of the Elbow River. Luckily, she was able to call 911 and was later rescued in time.

As the weather starts to warm up these days, the ice on rivers and lakes is melting. It is very difficult to judge how thick the ice is. For your safety, please avoid walking on ice at all. While taking a walk outdoors, you should

– Only walk on the proper pathways;

– Stay away from sides of rivers and lakes;

– Practice social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What to do if such an accident happens to you? If you fall through melting ice, please stay calm and call for help. If you are not able to pull yourself out of the ice within ten minutes, you should grab onto the ice shelf as firmly as you can and continue calling for help. If possible, call 911 and wait for help to arrive.

Home maintenance tips during warm spring

– Remove snow from the foundation of your home and window wells so that the water from melting snow won’t seep into your basement;

– Remove snow from the storm drain, but if it’s covered by ice, instead of removing it yourself, please call 311.