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Extreme Cold Warning issued for York Region



Warning is expected to last until Friday, February 14

Newmarket – Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for The Regional Municipality of York. These warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill increase health risks.

Follow these tips to stay warm and prevent cold-weather injuries:

  • Limit outdoor activities and if you must be outside, dress appropriately in layers; wear hats, neck warmers, gloves, socks and windproof and waterproof clothing
  • Recognize the signs of hypothermia and frostbite and know when to seek medical attention

“Hypothermia is a serious health condition that happens when body temperature drops dangerously low, starving your brain of oxygen and affecting your ability to think clearly or move well,” said Dr. Karim Kurji, York Region’s Medical Officer of Health. “Don’t ignore shivering and look for the "UMBLES" (mumbles, stumbles or fumbles) which may indicate hypothermia. If you believe someone is suffering from extreme frostbite or hypothermia, call 911 immediately.”

Frostbite is another cold weather emergency causing injury to body tissue from exposure to extreme cold. It most commonly affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers and toes, and can cause permanent damage. Residents are advised to limit time outdoors and to check on those who may be at risk.

To prevent frostbite, look for the four P’s:

  • Pink – Affected areas will be reddish in colour; this is the first sign of frostbite
  • Pain – Affected areas will become painful
  • Patches – White, waxy feeling patches show up indicating skin is dying
  • Prickliness – The areas will feel numb

Should frostbite set in, get out of the cold and slowly warm up affected areas.

Emergency housing in York Region

Emergency housing services for youth, men, women and families are available through a number of service providers or by calling Access York at 1-877-464-9675 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

York Region provides funding to two seasonal shelters (Inn From The Cold and Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold) that provide emergency overnight shelter, clothing and meals to adults, 18 years of age and over from November to late March/early April. The York Region Street Outreach Van provides mobile support services to people who are homeless.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with over 636,600 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices


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Media Contact:

Danielle Perras, Community and Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 72160 or Cell: 289-231-5684
danielle.perras@york.ca After-Hours: 905-806-1216, chs_media@york.ca

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