Extreme cold weather warnings
In Alberta, an extreme cold warning is issued by Environment Canada when temperatures or the wind chill index reach -40°C or colder. Being exposed even for short periods in these conditions can be dangerous.
Protect yourself and your loved ones from the elements:
- Stay indoors when possible. If venturing outside dress in warm, windproof layers. Watch for signs of frostbite, which can occur in less than 10 minutes in extreme cold.
- If you have to travel by vehicle, know your route ahead of time, bring outdoor winter clothing and boots, and have a full tank of gas plus a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle.
- Take precautions when working outside; do not over-exert yourself. Sweating can lead to hypothermia; which can be fatal.
- Make sure your pets have warm shelter, food and accessible water during a cold snap.
- Winterize your home to avoid furnace outages or frozen pipes.
- Ensure you have carbon monoxide alarms installed in every room of your home and ensure outdoor vents remain clear of snow and ice build-up.
- Find a shelter if in need.
Find more information on:
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preparing for extreme weather.