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Cold winters are a reality in Canada and many Canadians have learned to embrace this time of year with fun outdoor activities like tobogganing, skating and skiing. However, staying warm and safe during this time of year can sometimes be a challenge. Learn how to prevent cold-related health injuries and prepare for cold-weather emergencies.
The Halton Region Health Department issues a cold alert when one of the following weather conditions are forecast for Halton :
Wind chill is the cooling sensation your body feels when the air temperature is combined with wind speed.
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Anyone can be affected by extreme cold-related weather conditions, depending on length of exposure and outdoor activity levels. Those especially at risk include:
Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and colour in affected areas, most often the body parts furthest from the heart: hands, feet, nose, and ears. At the first sign of redness or pain in any skin area, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin, as frostbite may be setting in.
If you suspect that frostbite has set in:
Severe frostbite can cause serious health complications if not treated immediately. If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek medical advice:
Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it. There are 3 stages of hypothermia progressing from mild (shivering, goosebumps) to more severe symptoms (difficulty speaking, thinking and walking).
Hypothermia is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you suspect that someone may have hypothermia.
While waiting for help:
For more information, check our emergency preparedness checklists.
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Toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) | TTY: 905-827-9833
Halton Region is composed of
the City of Burlington,
the Town of Halton Hills,
the Town of Milton,
and the Town of Oakville .