Extreme cold weather alert in effect for Durham

Durham Region Health Department has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert that will be in effect through to the evening of Thursday, January 20.

If spending time outdoors, dress in layers and ensure your outer layer is windproof. Cover exposed skin and wear a hat, warm mittens or gloves and boots, said an advisory.

With the extreme cold, Durham Region outreach staff actively patrol the city to refer individuals without shelter or in need of services to resources in the community, it said.

During extreme cold, Oshawa is reminding community members to:

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Outdoor activities: Consider rescheduling outdoor activities or limiting time outdoors during colder temperatures. If you do go outside, dress in layers, cover exposed skin and stay dry. Learn more about protective actions you can take to be prepared for the cold.

Check in: Call vulnerable friends, neighbours and family to ensure they are not experiencing any difficulties related to the weather and remember to check on pets.

Shelter services: If you see or know someone in need of immediate emergency shelter call 9-1-1 or visit the  Region of Durham’s Emergency Shelters webpage. During severe weather conditions, emergency shelters may expand their services and the Homelessness Support System will alert unsheltered residents of extreme cold weather and help them take appropriate precautions. More information on the Cold Weather Response protocol, warming centres and additional supports such as food banks is available on the Warming Calendar webpage.

Household heating: The city’s Adequate Heat By-Law requires rented or leased living accommodations to have a minimum air temperature of at least 22 degrees Celsius between September 1 to June 15.

Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued by Durham Health when Environment Canada forecasts a temperature of minus 15 degrees Celsius or colder, and/or a wind chill of minus 20 degrees Celsius or colder.

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