A Cold Warning has been issued by the Halton Region Health Department starting Saturday, January 19. The Cold Warning is in effect until overnight temperatures rise above -15 degrees Celsius (without wind-chill) or weather conditions improve and the risks involved with prolonged exposure are reduced.
Exposure to cold weather can increase your risk of cold-related injuries, including frostbite and hypothermia. These injuries can result in severe health consequences.
Anyone can be affected by extreme cold-related weather conditions, depending on length of time of exposure to cold and exertion levels. However higher risk groups include:
- Older adults (over the age of 65), infants and young children, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts (hikers, skiers), homeless persons, and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food.
Cold and winter weather safety tips:
- Sign up to receive cold weather warnings at halton.ca.
- Cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes with a wind-resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
- Always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
- Check in on family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk.
- Prepare for winter driving conditions by keeping a Car Survival Kit in your car at all times.
- Where pipes are close to exterior walls or in basements or crawl spaces, ensure proper air circulation and adequate heat. Also, make sure your household temperature is not set too low when your house is vacant.
Additional information, weather forecasts and wind-chill information can also be obtained from the Environment Canada Weather Conditions and Forecast webpage. For further information on extreme cold and to sign up for Cold Warnings, please visit halton.ca or call 311.