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Extreme Cold

Extreme cold events occur when winter temperatures drop significantly below average for that time of the year. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause other serious or life-threatening health problems. To keep yourself and your family safe, you should know how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises.

Are You at Risk?

During extreme cold weather, everyone is at risk, but some groups are more vulnerable than others. They include:

Health Risks of Extreme Cold: Know When to Get Help

Adverse health effects can occur as a direct result of exposure to excessive cold:

Increases in other health problems can also be seen, especially for those with other chronic medical conditions such as heart conditions.

Consult a healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-877-797-0007) if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Prepare for extreme cold events every winter—it’s always a possibility in Ontario. There are numerous steps you can take both before and during this type of event:

Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself

At Home:

In the Car:

Useful Cold-Related Links :

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