Be safe when the weather gets cold. Be aware of extreme cold advisories in our region, and how extreme cold impacts health.
Extreme cold overview
- Exposure to extreme cold can lead to injury or death. Risk is especially high for people who are very young, very old, drinking alcohol, or not warmly dressed for the weather. Cold injuries include:
- Eye pain or vision changes
- Symptoms of hypothermia, an abnormally low body temperature, include:
- Clumsy movements
- Lack of concern
- Poor judgement
- Cold, pale or blue-grey skin
- Protect yourself outside:
- Bring an emergency kit if you are going into the backcountry so you're prepared for conditions
- Head for shelter that will protect from wind and rain
- Avoid too much activity and sweating
- Avoid touching metal
- Eat and drink water
- Avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine
- Wear proper clothing and keep hands and feet dry. Mittens are better than gloves at keeping hands warm and dry
- Wear glasses or goggles during outdoor activities
- Watch for those who are vulnerable. Keep an eye out for community members who may appear confused and/or not dressed for the weather.
- For those with Alzheimer’s, wandering can be dangerous during times of extreme heat or cold.
- Warming spaces may be available in your community. Contact your local municipality for more information.
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