Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living wants to remind Manitoba of the potential dangers of cold temperatures and offers some tips on how to stay safe.
Exposure to the cold temperatures can cause frostbite or hypothermia, which can be life-threatening. While everybody can be at risk if not dressed properly, health risks are greatest for:
The Province of Manitoba encourages citizens to check on their neighbours, friends, and older family members, especially if they are ill or living alone. Symptoms of cold-related illness could include:
If you suspect a medical emergency for someone, call 911 and move them to a warm place if possible. To avoid an emergency, check the weather report before going outside and dress accordingly. If you have to be outside for a long period of time, take breaks and warm up inside heated buildings like libraries or malls. If the cold is severe, reschedule outdoor activities and/or limit time outside, and if you are participating in outdoor activities, stay on approved paths.
If you are going outside, you can reduce the effects of the cold by:
If you have a question, you can call the provincial health line Health Links-Info Sante at 204-788-8200.