Preparing and protecting yourselfIntense cold
Risks in Montréal
What to do in case of extreme cold
*These recommendations were made by Health Canada and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec.
- Watch for intense cold warnings issued by Environment
- Prepare an emergency kit for yourself and your family so that you can be independent for 72 hours without outside help.
- Make sure you know about the risks associated with extreme cold.
- Determine whether you are an at-risk person.
- Identify vulnerable people around you who might need help during periods of extreme cold.
- Keep emergency telephone numbers close at hand, such as (811).
- Stay inside. This is especially important for people at risk (children, seniors and people with medical issues such as diabetes, heart problems and asthma).
- Wear proper clothing – cover your head and extremities (nose, ears).
- Avoid long car trips.
- Don’t go to remote outdoor areas by yourself.
- Make sure your heaters and smoke detectors are working properly.
- Make sure your emergency kit is close at hand.
- Do not use camping heaters, or gas or coal stoves, which give off carbon monoxide.
- Be prepared for power outages, which may last for a short period or for several days.
- Dress warmly.
- Wear warm clothes, with an outer layer to protect against the wind.
- Wear a hat, mittens or gloves, a scarf and insulated, waterproof boots. Keep dry.
- Stay active.