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Winter Is Upon Us

With the cooler weather here, our thoughts turn to getting the household and ourselves ready for winter. To be safe and healthy during the winter months it is important to be aware of the following:

  • Carbon Monoxide - Printable Carbon Monoxide Fact Sheet
    Families heating their homes with fuel-burning appliances should be thinking about the safety of their heating systems and what they are using to heat their homes. These appliances use wood, gas, propane, oil, kerosene or other fuel can produce carbon monoxide as a by-product of the burning process. Proper maintenance and use of fuel or wood burning appliances are very important. You can't see, smell or taste carbon monoxide. This gas is hazardous to our health and can be life-threatening.
  • Radon
    Radon is a radioactive gas that’s naturally present in our environment. Like carbon monoxide, you can't see, smell or taste it. Radon escapes from the ground and can enter our homes through cracks or crevices in our foundation. During the winter months, radon levels can increase indoors as doors and windows are kept closed and fresh air is not circulated. Exposure to radon increases your risk of developing lung cancer, this risk increases significantly if you are a smoker. Then the only way to know the level of radon in your home is to test for it.
  • Extreme Cold - Extreme Cold Fact Sheet
    Staying warm and safe can be a challenge during the winter months. People can be exposed to extreme cold temperatures both indoors and outdoors. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of cold-related illnesses and injuries and what to do when exposed to cold temperatures is important to keep yourself and those you care about safe.
  • Keeping Safe on the Road
    Wind, ice, and snow can wreak havoc on the roads, especially in Simcoe Muskoka communities. Awareness of the changing weather and road conditions can go a long way to arriving safely at your destination. To learn more about driving safety during the winter months click here

Where can I get more information?
For more information about winter hazards and protecting your health, call Health Connection Monday to Friday 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) to speak to a public health professional.

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