Extreme Cold Weather Alert

There is no cold weather alert at this time.

Residents are Reminded to Protect their Health

  • Stay in heated buildings as much as possible
  • Dress appropriately and cover exposed skin - Wear gloves, mittens and a scarf to protect the chin, lips, and cheek. Exposed skin can become frostbitten in 30 seconds
  • Wear a Hat - Up to 40 per cent of body heat loss can occur through the head
  • The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends keeping children indoors if the temperature falls below -25 C, or if the wind chill is -28 C or greater
  • Drink warm fluids but avoid caffeinated or alcoholised beverages, as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
  • Wear clothes in layers: inner layer, middle layer, and outer layer
  • Keep moving. Limit time sitting - stand up and move around
  • Take shelter from the wind - this can reduce wind chill exposure
  • Use caution when shovelling snow, especially for those that have heart, respiratory (breathing) problems or other medical conditions. Snow shovelling is strenuous and can cause an onset of heart or respiratory problems.
  • Check on neighbours who may be at risk

Health Risks of Extreme Cold

The following groups are at risk during a cold weather alert:

  • Infants (under 1 year)
  • People 65 years of age or older
  • People without permanent shelter
  • Outdoor workers
  • Sport enthusiasts (skiers, ice skaters)
  • People living in homes that are poorly insulated or without heat
  • People living in homes without power

Know Symptoms and When to Get Help

  • Hypothermia
    Symptoms/signs include: shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech, drowsiness
  • Frostbite
    Symptoms/signs include white/grayish skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy or numbness

Consult a healthcare provider if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Extreme Cold Weather Criteria

  • Temperatures fall below -15 C
  • When weather conditions are severe enough to warrant alerting the community to the risks involved with prolonged exposure to the outdoors (blizzard, wind chill warning)

Historical Data for Cold Weather Alerts

201620152014201320122011201020092008
Alerts1
7
6
1
1
3
1
3
3
Days6
32
28
4
2
10
3
16
9
StartEndDays
2016Feb. 11, 2016Feb. 16, 20166
2015Jan. 5, 2015Jan. 9, 20155
Jan. 14, 2015Jan. 15, 20152
Jan. 30, 2015Jan. 31, 20152
Feb. 2, 2015Feb. 3, 20152
Feb. 5, 2015Feb. 6, 20152
Feb. 12, 2015Feb. 27, 201516
March 4, 2015March 6, 20153
2014Jan. 2, 2014Jan. 3, 20142
Jan. 6, 2014Jan. 8, 20143
Jan. 20, 2014Jan. 30, 201411
Feb. 6, 2014Feb. 13, 20148
Feb. 27, 2014Feb. 28, 20142
March 3, 2014March 4, 20142
2013Jan. 22, 2013Jan. 25, 20134
2012Jan. 3, 2012Jan. 4, 20122
2011Jan. 21, 2011Jan. 25, 20115
Feb. 9, 2011Feb. 11, 20113
Feb. 14, 2011Feb. 15, 20112
2010Dec. 13, 2010Dec. 15, 20103
2009Jan. 13, 2009Jan. 19, 20097
Jan. 23, 2009Jan. 27, 20095
Feb. 3, 2009Feb. 6, 20094
2008Dec. 30, 2007Jan. 2, 20084
Feb. 20, 2008Feb. 21, 20082
Feb. 27, 2008Feb. 29, 20083

For more information call 905-688-8248 ext. 7269, or toll free at 1-888-505-6074.


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