Stay Safe During Extreme Cold
Everyone is vulnerable to the effects of cold weather temperatures, but certain groups of people are more at risk than others. Exposure to cold weather can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening health problems. There are two main health risks related to cold weather: frostbite and hypothermia. The Municipality encourages residents to be vigilant, to follow public health guidelines, and to assist those who are more vulnerable.
Preventative Measures to Keep Warm
- Stay up to date on Environment Canada’s local weather forecast.
- Plan ahead – if there is an extreme cold, winter storm or wind chill warning, do what you can to stay inside or seek shelter.
- Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer and try to cover as much exposed skin as possible – the body’s extremities lose heat the fastest (ears, nose, fingers and toes).
- Drink warm fluids, avoiding caffeinated or alcoholised beverages.
- Get out of the wind and limit the time spent outdoors.
- Seek shelter when the cold weather or snow fall is significant.
- Try to stay dry by removing outer layers of clothing or opening your jacket if you are sweating. When possible, remove wet clothing to avoid chills to the body.
- Keep active by walking or running (with caution) to help generate body heat – try to avoid working up a sweat.
- Be aware and watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia and seek medical attention immediately if you develop symptoms.
- For non-urgent medical advice, contact Health811
- If you need shelter, the Crisis Centre North Bay can help
Public Heated Spaces
Public municipal facilities such as libraries and Town Hall (during regular business hours)
Extreme Cold Warnings
When an Extreme Cold Warning is in effect, it is issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada.