It’s cold out there and if you’re not protected, it can threaten your health. Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit’s emergency management coordinator Kelly Magnusson has tips to keep you safe when it feels like the arctic. The first step is to listen to the radio for weather updates. From there, take protective measures as required…


If the weather drops below minus 25 or there’s a wind chill of minus 28 or worse, the health unit recommends kids stay indoors. If you have to go outside, take shelter from wind and, if it’s not windy, keep moving. You should always limit your time outdoors when it’s really cold. Taking shelter is your best bet, by either staying inside or remaining in a warm vehicle for as long as you can.

Magnusson also says people should always think ahead and have an emergency vehicle kit at the ready if travelling….


Try not to rub exposed skin or areas on your body that have been impacted by exposure to cold. Warm up slowly via natural body heat when you’re indoors or use a warm compress.

The health unit regularly puts out cold weather information and reminds community partners to check on seniors or others who live in isolated communities to make sure they’re safe.