Halton Region issues cold warning

Published December 18, 2019 at 8:49 pm

A Cold Warning has been issued by the Halton Region Health Department starting Thursday (Dec. 19).

A Cold Warning has been issued by the Halton Region Health Department starting Thursday (Dec. 19).

The Cold Warning is in effect until temperatures rise above -15 degrees Celsius (without wind-chill) or weather conditions improve and the risks involved with prolonged exposure are reduced.

In a press release issued by the region Wednesday afternoon, it warns that 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 the 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, sports enthusiasts (hikers, skiers), homeless persons, and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food.

The offers a few cold and winter weather safety tips:

  • 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 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 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 and tips on how to protect your health during extreme cold and to sign up for Cold Warnings, please visit our Cold Warning webpage at halton.ca or call 311.

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