Extreme Cold Weather Set to Hit Halton

 

The Region of Halton is warning residents about extreme cold weather set to hit Halton.

According to the region’s press release, starting Friday, January 25 a cold warning is in effect as temperatures are expected 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.

Here are some additional tips for residents for the winter weather:

  • 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.

Stay warm, Halton.

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