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Health Topics - Cold Weather Safety

Find out more information about cold weather injuries, emergency planning, flu & cold prevention, frostbite, hypothermia, safe snow shoveling, walking in the winter, winter driving, winter health and safety and sun safety in the winter.

  • Cold Weather Injuries

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version It is important to be prepared in the winter time for the cold weather conditions. Exposure to cold temperatures can stress the body and make it more susceptible to cold-related illnesses. The four environmental conditions that cause cold-related stress are: low temperatures high/cool winds dampness cold water Wind chill, a combination of […]

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    Emergency Planning

    You can never be too prepared for an emergency. However, with this planning kit, you and your loved ones can be better equipped with the knowledge and supplies needed to survive disaster.

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  • Flu and Cold Prevention

    PDF/Printer Friendly Version In addition to cleaning your hands, covering your cough and getting your flu vaccine, you should: Clean surfaces that could transfer germs such as: Door knobs. Toys. Light switches. Telephones. This is especially important when someone in the house has a cold. During an illness If you have a fever and cough: […]

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  • Frostbite

    Frostbite is an injury to the body that is caused by freezing. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas, and most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes. Frostbite can permanently damage the body, and severe cases can lead to amputation. At the first signs of redness or […]

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  • Hypothermia

    Hypothermia, or abnormally low body temperature, occurs when your body is exposed to cold temperatures and begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Prolonged exposure to cold will eventually use up your body’s stored energy. Body temperature that is too low affects the brain, making the victim unable to think clearly or […]

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  • Snow Shovelling

    Digging Your Way Through Winter Shovelling your driveway or sidewalk can be a strenuous workout and especially unsafe for the unfit. Every winter people hurt themselves shovelling snow. Injuries range from minor aches and pains and pulled muscles to fatal heart attacks. Shovelling puts a lot of stress on the body in a short period […]

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  • Walking in the winter

    When the mercury plummets and the snow starts to fall, even the most dedicated walker can be tempted to hibernate for the season. Canada’s winters are long, but they shouldn’t keep you from enjoying nature and getting exercise. Use the following tips – along with a bit of caution and common sense – to manage […]

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  • Winter Driving

    Here’s what you need to know about driving in winter road conditions: STAY ALERT: Weather conditions can change quickly, placing extra demands on your vehicle and your driving skills. Keep your focus on the road and on other vehicles. Eliminate all distractions and make sure you are well rested. SLOW DOWN: Always drive according to […]

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  • Winter Health and Safety

    Safe winter driving Winter sun safety Walking in the winter Cold weather injuries Emergency Planning Flu and Cold prevention Frostbite Hypothermia safe snow shoveling

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  • winter sun safety

    Did you know you can get sunburn even in the winter time? Staying active in winter is impor tant to many people, but often the cold weather makes us forget that the sun still has the power to burn and damage our skin. Even during the winter months, you should wear sunscreen with an SPF […]

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