5 Ways To Stay Safe in Toronto’s Freezing Low Temperatures

Stay warm this winter!

By now you’ve probably stepped out of your house, or checked your weather app to see that the frigid cold has returned to the city.

With weather expected to stay in the negative 10-15°C throughout the day, Toronto Emergency Management has issued an Extreme Weather Alert with wind chill making it feel closer to -25°C. While it may seem obvious to some, it’s incredibly important to be properly prepared to handle Canadian winters.

Take these safety tips from Toronto’s Emergency Management on how to stay safe this winter:

Dress in layers and cover exposed skin


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Layer up! Make sure you have a wind resistant, waterproof and warm winter coat. Don’t skip out on a hat and gloves (mittens are best to keep you warm). It only takes a couple seconds of exposed skin in low temperatures for frostbite to occur.


Stay Dry


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If your clothes get wet from snow or otherwise in low temperatures it can be extremely dangerous. Go home, change and warm up immediately!


Seek Shelter


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In the bitter cold, avoid staying outdoors for prolonged periods of time. Walking somewhere? Take breaks along the way, and stop in shops to warm up. Might be a good opportunity to try that new coffee shop you saw along the way.


Avoid drinking alcohol


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You’ll take this with a grain of salt, but drinking alcohol increases blood flow, making you feel warm even though your body is actually losing heat. If you’re going to drink, we suggest you do it inside somewhere warm.


Stay active and safe


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Look out for yourself and others this winter. Make sure you keep an eye out icy patches and wear warm winter boots with good tread on the bottom. The city also suggests wearing brightly colored clothing and reflectors for pedestrians and cyclists during the dark winter days. If you see anyone who looks like they need assistance in the cold please call 311.

Questions? Call 311, or Central Intake 1-877-338-3398 (free call)


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