Stay Warm: Beat the Chill

Cold-related injuries are preventable. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of a cold-related injury and stay warm this winter.

  • Monitor local weather forecasts and warnings regularly – Stay up -to -date by checking wechu.org or by following the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Facebook or Twitter.
  • Dress warmly – cover as much exposed skin as possible, dress in layers with a wind- resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
  • Remove outer layers of clothing or open your coat if you are sweating to stay dry.
  • Keep moving, especially your hands and feet to maintain your body heat.
  • Seek shelter when wind chill is significant, or limit the time you spend outside.
  • Drink warm fluids and avoid alcohol – drinking alcohol before going outside can give you a false sense of warmth.
  • Plan ahead by preparing your home for cold weather. Make sure your heating system is working well and seal all cracks and drafts.
  • Keep your vehicle well-maintained and equip your car with an emergency kit.
  • Check on your neighbours and family
  • Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone may have hypothermia.

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