The Regional Municipality Of York


Extreme cold warning issued for York Region

Residents are reminded to take extra precautions to prevent frostbite and hypothermia

Newmarket – Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for The Regional Municipality of York. The warning is expected to last until Friday, February 1. Warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill increase potential for adverse health risks.

Tips for staying warm

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

  • Dress appropriately in layers; wear hats, neck warmers, gloves, socks and windproof and waterproof clothing
  • Check your local forecast for weather warnings and limit outdoor activities
  • Recognize the signs of frostbite and hypothermia

Frostbite is a serious health condition 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.

Hypothermia is when body temperature drops dangerously low, starving your brain of oxygen and affecting your ability to think clearly or move well. 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.

To learn more about extreme cold, visit extreme cold or contact York Region Health Connection at 1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-512-6228.

Emergency shelters and transitional housing in York Region

York Region provides funding to Inn From The Cold and Mosaic Interfaith Out of the Cold. Open annually from November to early April, both provide emergency overnight shelter, clothing and meals to adults 18 years of age and over. The YorkRegion Street Outreach Van provides mobile support services to the homeless residents.

Emergency housing services for youth, men, women and families are also available through 360°kidsYouth Hub, Blue Door Shelters (Leeder Place, Porter Place and Kevin’sPlace), and The Salvation Army at the

Sutton YouthServices and Belinda’s Place. Women and children who are fleeing violence can also find shelter at Sandgate Women’s Shelter and Yellow Brick House.

For more information visit emergency and transitional housing services.

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 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. Visit the Regional Services page for more information.

Media Contact

Sandra Crescenzi,
Community & Health Services, The Regional Municipality of York
1-877-464-9675 ext. 72053

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