Winter Safety Message

City of Corner Brook
Media Advisory

Accumulation of Snow:

 related to children playing on high snowbanks and creating dangerous snow conditions of limited visibility, snow falling, collapsing, and risk of serious harm.
Children building snow tunnels and forts near the road is extremely dangerous. Snow plows perform road clearing at odd times and have limited visibility. Additionally, high snow banks can bring children within contact range of live wires. Speak to your kids about the dangers of electricity and no-go areas.
Children inside a tunnel at or near the end of a driveway may not be seen. Residents are asked to be vigilant and carefully supervise winter play of all children.
Safety tips for pedestrians and drivers:

Do not allow children to play on snow banks near the roadside.

  • Building forts and tunnels can be fun, but this activity should always be supervised by an adult. Forts and tunnels can collapse and have a safety risk.
  • Don’t play on roadside snow banks. Snow plow drivers or other drivers may not see you.
  • To improve visibility, it is recommended that residents back into their driveways so that they have increased sight lines when exiting their private driveway onto a City road.
  • If you encounter a sidewalk snow plow, please move off the sidewalk and into a yard or driveway where you can be seen and avoid plow discharge.
  • NEVER approach a snow plow – even if it’s stopped.


  • Always respect the snow plow’s right of way
  • Never “cut off” a plow
  • Stay at least three full car-lengths behind a snow plow to allow for safe stopping distance
  • Do not pass a plow engaged in winter operations
Tips for Safe Snow Fun:

  • DO NOT play on snow banks near the roadside.
  • Stay away from snowplows and snow blowers.
  • Build snow forts well away from the roadway, preferably in a back yard closer to the house.
  • Construct tunnels that don’t have ceilings.
  • Work on the fort with a friend or pal who can go for help if one of you needs assistance.

If you would like to report an issue please contact the Customer Service Line at 709-637-1666. If you have an emergency please call 9-1-1.

February 16, 2017: For Immediate Release

Deputy Mayor Bernd Staeben