CORNWALL, Ontario – Tommy Sauve, the City of Cornwall’s Safety, Training and Operations Supervisor was teaching snowbank safety to Grade 4, 5 and 6 students at Eamer’s Corners Public School on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019.
Sauve warned the students about some of the dangers of playing in snowbanks, which include dangers of tunnels collapsing and used medical needles being swept up from the streets and buried in the snow.
Sauve also warned the kids against playing around snowbanks near the road all together.
“If you see a snow machine coming, stay back and let them do their job,” he said.
The main points that Sauve wanted to get across to the kids were to not tunnel into snowbanks, to not walk along snowbanks on the street, to not toboggan into the streets and to stay out of the way of the snow clearing machines.
“We are sending the message out to youth to stay off the streets and sidewalks and to not play on snowbanks near the streets,” Sauve said.
The Eamer’s Corners students also had the chance to check out some of the Cornwall Municipal Works Department’s snow vehicles including street cleaners, snowblowers and the snowplow.
Students were allowed to climb aboard these vehicles and honk the horn.