It’s going to hit -50 in Winnipeg! Everyone is reminded to take necessary precautions during the extreme cold temperatures. The following are some winter safety tips to keep in mind:
- Older adults and very young children should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure
- Check on older friends, relatives, and neighbours who live alone
- Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If these symptoms are present, seek immediate medical attention. Severe hypothermia can be life threatening
- Bring pets inside and limit the amount of time they spend outside
Be sure to call 9-1-1 immediately if you see another person who appears to be in need of assistance or is injured due to extreme cold. When calling, be prepared to report the person’s location and condition, and try to remain with the individual until emergency crews arrive.
Don’t be afraid to warm up at local establishments during the extreme cold.