Due to the winter storm weather conditions in the region, Highway 7 is currently closed in both directions between Highway 41 in Kaladar to Perth.
Officers of the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County OPP are warning the public that the poor visibility and winter storm weather conditions are making the roads treacherous for driving. According to a release from the OPP, there are multiple vehicles blocking the roadway along Highway 7 and cleanup crews are attempting to clear the area.
In a winter storm, OPP recommends that stranded motorists stay in their vehicles until rescuers arrive. “Use a cell phone to call for help by dialling the non-emergent number at 1-888-310-1122 and try to give an accurate description of your location,” OPP said. “If your vehicle is equipped with a proper survival kit it can provide some shelter. It is absolutely essential to keep all snow clear of the exhaust pipe to ensure carbon monoxide does not pose a danger.”
OPP also caution those in vehicles about venturing outside the vehicle during a winter storm. “Any decision to leave a vehicle in the midst of a winter storm must be taken very carefully and all factors considered,” explained OPP. “Travelling even short distances in a winter storm can be extremely dangerous due to the possibility of hypothermia and disorientation.”
In some cases, OPP said that motorists may want to pool resources and spend time in one vehicle which can be kept warm by running the heater.
OPP provided the following tips for winter travel:
- Carry a survival kit in your vehicle. For a description of a winter driving survival kit visit: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/winterdrive/winterdrive.shtml. Recommended items include a shovel, blanket, warm clothes, food, booster cables, flashlight, high energy foods, matches and a candle.
- Dress for winter even though you will be in your car. Then you will be prepared if you become stranded.
- Carry a cell phone to contact emergency services if you experience trouble.
Drivers are encouraged by OPP to stay off the roads until the storm passes and clean-up takes place.