Where to go in Oakville if you need to get out of the freezing cold weather


Published February 3, 2023 at 12:25 pm

The Town of Oakville is encouraging residents who need to escape the cold to keep warm at one of its warming centres. PEXELS PHOTO

With an extreme cold weather alert being issued by Halton Region in Oakville, keeping warm is essential.

The period of very cold wind chills continues with temperatures reaching near minus 30 on Friday (Feb. 3) and continuing into Saturday morning.

Exposure to cold weather can increase your risk of cold-related injuries, including frostbite and hypothermia. These injuries can result in severe health consequences.

According Halton Public Health, 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.

The Town of Oakville is encouraging residents who need to escape the cold to keep warm at one of its warming centres.

Local residents needing to get indoors can stay at the Trafalgar Park Community Centre, which will remain open as a warming centre from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on days where Halton Region issues a Cold Alert.

Oakville Public Library branches are also available as a warming centre during operating hours. See here for locations.

If you’re heading outside, make sure you’re prepared for the cold. Here’s a list of things you can do to help you deal with the extreme temperatures:

  • Dress appropriately when going outside – frostbite can occur within minutes.
  • Cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes with a wind-resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. You lose heat faster when you’re wet.
  • Drink warm fluids – but no alcohol or caffeinated beverages, as they cause your body to lose heat faster.
  • Keep moving – especially your hands and feet.
  • Take shelter from the wind to reduce wind chill exposure.
  • Keep your vehicle well-maintained.
  • Prepare emergency kits for your home and car.
  • Always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
  • Plan ahead and check the weather forecast!

For more information on cold alerts, visit the Halton Region website.

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