The City of Winnipeg is reminding residents to take necessary precautions during the current cold snap. They're also inviting residents to warm up in City facilities.

The City says that people should keep the following tips in mind:

  • Older adults and very young children should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure.
  • Check on older friends, relatives, and neighbours who live alone.
  • Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If these symptoms are present, seek immediate medical attention. Severe hypothermia can be life-threatening.
  • Bring pets inside and limit the amount of time they spend outside.

Residents should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see another person who appears to be in need of assistance or is injured due to extreme cold. When calling, be prepared to report the person’s location and condition, and whenever possible, remain with the individual until emergency crews arrive.

The City invites members of the public to come in and warm up in civic facilities during operating hours as extremely cold temperatures persist. To find out hours of facilities you can call 3-1-1.