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Tips for Safety and Well-being in Extreme Cold Weather

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by Town of High River



HIGH RIVER, AB - With the onset of extremely cold weather rolling in over the next several days, the Town is sharing the following tips to ensure the safety and well-being of residents.

Remember that young children, older adults, and individuals with chronic illnesses are more susceptible to extreme cold. Those working or exercising outdoors and individuals without proper shelter are also at higher risk.

Emergency supplies

  • Home: Have a plan and make an emergency kit for yourself, friends and family, and/or pets. It is best to be prepared for at least three days. Information on what to include in a kit can be found on our Emergency Preparedness webpage
  • Vehicle: Keep emergency supplies in your vehicle, including an emergency blanket, jumper cables, gloves, and a shovel

Cover up to prevent frostbite

  • Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin. Dress warmly and cover all exposed areas to protect yourself

Keep pets warm and cozy

  • Extreme temperatures have similar impacts on our pets. Ensure your pets are warm and have adequate shelter
  • Limit outdoor exposure for all pets

Ventilation and water leaks

  • Check that your home’s ventilation systems are free of ice and snow build up. Ice and snow can build up and block these pipes, causing issues with the equipment or potential for carbon monoxide to enter the home
  • Address any water leaks promptly to avoid freezing and damage

Prevent/manage frozen pipes

  • A common place for your pipe to freeze is close to the cold air intake of your furnace. If your pipe is close to these vents, it can cause water lines to freeze.
  • Keep your faucet open. It allows for water to get through during the thawing process.
  • Apply heat to the frozen pipe section using an electric heating pad, heat tape, a hair dryer, hot towels, etc. Do not leave the heat source unattended
  • Never use a blowtorch, propane or kerosene heater, or any other open flame device to thaw your frozen pipes
  • Read our Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes During Extreme Cold Weather news release for more information

Check carbon monoxide alarms

  • Ensure you have carbon monoxide detectors working in your home. Carbon monoxide is a poisonous, odorless, tasteless, and colorless gas produced anytime you burn fuel in vehicles, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, hot water tanks or furnaces

Plug in your car

  • During extreme cold, plug in your vehicles to ensure they start smoothly and remain in good condition

Local support

  • Connect with staff at the FCSS (Family and Community Support Services) Resource Centre if you or someone you know requires support or resources.
  • Phone: 403-652-8620
  • Address: FCSS Resource Centre, 251 9 Ave SW, High River, Alberta, T1V 1A4

Additional resources

Be a good neighbour by helping others. Consider donating food, warm clothing or other items locally to help those in need. Call 9-1-1 to report concerns that may require an emergency response.

Stay warm, High River.

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Town of High River


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