With temperatures expected to drop below -15 C, an Extreme Cold Weather Alert has been called by Niagara Region Public Health.
The Extreme Cold Weather Alert is intended to mobilize outreach workers and community agencies, recommend precautions for the general public during extreme cold weather, and offer information on the location of shelters and additional resources.
During extreme cold, those most at risk include: infants under one year of age, individuals 65 years of age or older, the homeless, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts (skiers, ice skaters), people living in homes that are poorly insulated or without heat, and people living in homes without power (usually due to other weather-related events such as a winter storm).
Cold-related injuries can be avoided by following these cold weather safety tips:
As a reminder, please check in on neighbours who may be at risk during extreme cold weather.
For more information on when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued or for more precautions, visit www.niagararegion.ca/health or call 905-688-8248 ext. 7269, or toll free at 1-888-505-6074.
905-688-3762 ext. 7247