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Get Prepared for Extreme Cold - Safety Tips

  • Dress warmly
    • dress in layers; the outer layer should be wind resistant.
    • synthetic and wool fabrics provide good insulating properties.
  • Cover up
    • frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill.
    • watch for colour changes on fingers and toes, pain, numbness, a tingling sensation, or swelling.
  • Keep dry to stay warmer.
  • Keep moving to maintain your body heat and seek shelter from the wind.
  • If it’s too cold for you to stay outside, it’s too cold for your pet to stay outside.
  • Check on family, friends and neighbours.
  • Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, such as extra blankets and jumper cables.
  • Make sure your home is well-insulated; the heating system is working efficiently and seals off cracks and drafts.