The Regional Municipality of Halton has issued a Cold Warning in effect for the Halton Region beginning the evening of Friday, January 12. Overnight temperatures are expected to remain in the ‘extreme cold’ range until the morning of Sunday, January 14.
Exposure to this type of cold weather can increase your risk of cold-related injuries, including frostbite, hypothermia and further severe health consequences. High-risk groups include older adults above the age of 65, infants and young children, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts, homeless persons and/or those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food.
To protect yourself and your family from the cold, cover exposed skin using multiple layers of clothing with a wind-resistant outer layer. Wear a warm toque, mittens and a scarf. Always be aware of possible signs of frostbite and hypothermia after being outside. Check in on family, friends and neighbours who may be at risk during the cold warning. Make sure the area where your water meter and plumbing are located is kept warm enough to avoid freezing and ensure that your household temperature is not set too low when your house is vacant. Lastly, prepare for winter driving conditions and keep a car survival kit in your vehicle at all times.
The Cold Warning will remain in effect until temperatures increase above minus 15 degrees Celsius without the wind chill or until the risks are reduced.
For more information, visit halton.ca/cold, halton.ca/frozenpipes or call 311.