When winter weather drops to very low temperatures, staying warm and safe can become a challenge. Exposures to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outside, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems. During extreme cold, those most at risk include:
- infants under one year of age
- individuals 65 years of age or older
- the homeless
- outdoor workers
- sport enthusiasts (skiers, ice skaters)
- people living in homes that are poorly insulated or without heat, and people living in homes without power (usually due to other weather-related events such as a winter storm)
It's important to know what to do if the power goes out during times of extreme cold.
Below is a list of resources to help keep you and your family safe during this extreme cold event.