A cold warning beginning Friday, January 29, 2021, has been issued by Halton Region Public Health.
The cold warning will be in effect until weather conditions improve or until temperatures rise above -15 degrees celsius without wind-chill when risks involved with prolonged exposure are reduced.
Halton Region Public Health is reminding residents that exposure to cold weather can increase the risk of cold-related injuries, including frostbite and hypothermia which in turn, can result in severe health consequences.
Higher-risk groups include adults over the age of 65, infants and young children, outdoor workers, sport enthusiasts such as hikers and skiers, homeless persons and those lacking shelter, proper clothing or food.
Residents are reminded to cover exposed skin using multiple layers of loose-fitting clothes and to always be on the lookout for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
Additionally, it is important to check in with vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own.
Residents are also encouraged to prepare for winter driving conditions by keeping a car survival kit in their car at all times.
For more information and tips on how to protect your health during extreme cold, click here.