Stay safe in cold conditions
A decline in core body temperature is a serious safety concern. Cold-related emergencies, such as hypothermia, can happen to anyone who is exposed to cold temperatures (or rain, wind, water or snow) for too long, and can be life threatening.
- Bring extra clothing. Replace wet clothes with dry ones before you get chilled.
- Dress in layers; adjust as you go to prevent overcooling or overheating.
- Wear clothing that retains its insulating properties when wet (e.g. polypropylene, fleece, wool, gore-tex). Do not wear cotton, e.g. jeans.
- Be alert to the first signs of hypothermia: shivering, difficulty using your hands, disorientation, and a drop in body temperature.
- Drink plenty of water and snack throughout the day.
Learn more about the prevention and treatment of cold-related emergencies (Link to Canadian Red Cross)