With much of the province, including the Prince Albert area, under wind chill warnings on Sunday, Parkland Ambulance Care is cautioning people to bundle up.
“As of 8 a.m. the wind chill is making it feel like -41 C. With temperatures like these skin will freeze in minutes if exposed,” director of public affairs Lyle Karasiuk cautions in a release.
People need to dress for the weather, he added, which includes a toque, scarf, mittens, a winter coat with several layers underneath, good winter boots and long underwear.
“If you do have to travel, maybe for kids hockey tournament, then be prepared,” he said.
Should one’s vehicle break down, it would be best to be prepared, he said, noting that it’s best to stay in the vehicle and not walk to find help.
Before heading out, make sure your cell phone is charged, that you have blankets, a winter safety kit, a first aid kit, a shovel and other pertinent items.
An estimated time of arrival should be provided to whomever you’re going out to see.
Additional safety tips include:
Check in neighbours to ensure they’re doing alright.
Make sure vent stacks and chimneys are clear, so as to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Ensure proper ventilation for a wood burning fireplace or generator -- not that a generator should be used in an enclosed space.