BRR!! Winter is almost here! Are you prepared? 

In Canada, temperatures in the winter can reach extreme cold temperatures. Extreme cold is -15°C and -20°C with the wind chill. It is important to check the weather forecast before leaving your home and to see if there is a cold alert.

Winter clothing includes:

 How to dress to stay safe and warm 

Knowing how to dress properly in winter will you you and your children safe during this winter season. Infants and children are most at risk to the cold.

Remember to:

Babies are different from adults! They need an extra layer of clothing to keep warm! If you are wearing 2 layers a baby will need to wear 3. The extra layer can be an extra sweater underneath their coat

Please, if you have any extra clothing for the winter, or would like to donate new or lightly used clothing we would like them!

During periods of extreme cold, limit your time outside and to take breaks to warm up. You can warm up in your house or city buildings such as recreation buildings and libraries! The City of Toronto recommends that you heat your house to 21°C.

 How to stay healthy in the cold 

Being outside for long periods and not dressing properly can lead to frostbite and hypothermia.

You will first feel frostbite on your fingers, toes and ears. If this happens you have to warm up slowly.

Signs and symptoms of frostbite

Signs and symptoms of hypothermia

Stay safe and warm this winter! Drink lots of warm beverages! 

 

Written by: Emma Curtis & Janice Kienapple