If you need to get out of the cold and into some place warm, Gravenhurst has you covered.
With the current extreme cold temperatures throughout Muskoka, the Town of Gravenhurst reminds residents that in the event a Cold Alert is issued, or if you are suffering from the cold, the Town has designated warming centres throughout the Town.
These facilities will be open as places of comfort and warmth during normal hours of operation.
- The Centennial Centre/Graeme Murray Arena
- Gravenhurst Public Library
“We want our residents to know that they have warm, safe places to go to escape from the cold when an alert is issued,” Gravenhurst Community Emergency Management Coordinator Candace Thwaites said. “We have been in touch with community service providers to inform them of the Town’s warming centres as they deal firsthand with the people who may be most vulnerable.”
Extreme wind chill values of minus 35 or below were reported in some areas this morning. Wind chills will moderate during daytime hours. However, tonight wind chill values are again expected to be minus 35 or below.
Cold-related health issues can be avoided by following these cold weather safety tips while outdoors:
- Cover exposed skin (exposed skin can become frostbitten in 30 seconds)
- Wear a hat (up to 40 per cent of body heat loss can occur through the head).
- Wear gloves or mittens, and a scarf to protect the chin, lips, nose and cheeks.
- On sunny days wear sun glasses, lip balm and sunscreen to protect your skin from UV and keep it moisturized to help prevent windburn.
- Wear a face mask and goggles if you are participating in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and skating to protect your face from frostbite and windburn.
- The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends keeping children indoors if the temperature falls below -25 Celsius, or if the wind chill is -28 Celsius or lower.
- Drink warm fluids – but not caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly.
- Avoid alcohol. Consuming alcohol before you go out in the cold may increase your risk of hypothermia because it increases blood flow to the extremities of the body.
- Wear clothes in layers to include an inner layer, a middle layer and an outer layer that is wind resistant.
- Take shelter from the wind – this can reduce wind chill exposure.
· Always be alert for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. If you experience these symptoms when exposed to the cold, move indoors and begin warming and seek medical attention.
o Respiratory: shortness of breath, wheezing and cough
o Cardiovascular: chest pain and arrhythmia
o Circulation: colour change of finger and toes, pain, numbness and tickling sensation in extremities
o Muscle: pain, stiffness, swelling, restricted movement, weakness
o Skin: itching, pale.
As a reminder, please check in on neighbours and loved ones who may be at risk during extreme cold weather.
For additional information on Extreme Cold and how you can protect yourself and those who are most vulnerable, you can visit at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at (705) 721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 to speak with a health professional.