Extreme Cold Weather Alert issued for Niagara
This bitterly cold weather has prompted the Niagara Region to issue an extreme cold weather alert.
An extreme cold weather alert is issued when the temperatures hits or drops below -15 C. Niagara region public health says those most at risk include infants under 12 months, adults 65 years of age or older, outdoor workers; people living in homes or apartments that are poorly insulated or with little to no heat; and the homeless.
Public health says if you have to go out in this weather, you can reduce the risk of cold-related injuries by covering all exposed skin; wearing a hat, gloves, mittens and a scarf to protect your chin, lips and cheeks; and wear layers of clothes to limit wind chill exposure.
It's reminding parents that when the windchill is -28 C, the Canadian Paediatric Society recommends keeping children indoors. Drink warm liquids but not caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
It's also aksing you to check on neighbours who may be at risk during extreme cold weather.
For more information on when an Extreme Cold Weather Alert is issued, as well as additional precautions you can take, visit the Niagara Region website.