Extreme cold warning

We are going through a period of extreme cold: please take the necessary measures.

Take precautions in the house and if you are outside

(see the government of Quebec’s website :

If you are at home :

  • Heat your home as usual, and keep the room temperature at least 19°C.
  • Caulk doors and windows to prevent cold air from entering; close blinds and curtains at night.
  • If you use a wood stove or space heater, make sure the room is well ventilated.
  • If you must use a generator, for example, in case of a power outage, install it outside your home or any inhabited

If you must go outside:

  • Dress in layers of clothing. The clothing you put on over all the others should be windproof and waterproof.
  • Take special care to cover your head, nose, mouth, neck, hands and feet. Wear boots that will keep your feet warm and prevent you from slipping and falling.
  • Watch for signs of frostbite on your extremities.
  • If you must use a vehicle, anticipate that you may have to stay out in the cold for a long time, for example if you break down or get stuck, and make sure you have the following personal items and equipment: a charged and working cell phone; sufficient quantities of bottled water, food and blankets; a shovel, snow broom and grip pads; and sufficient quantities of your medications, if you are taking them.
  • Maintain a regular level of activity, such as walking constantly.
  • Limit vigorous physical exertion, such as shoveling snow or running.
  • If you must be outdoors for a long time, take breaks in warm, wind-free places.

Limit your electricity consumption

Hydro-Québec recommends several measures between Friday afternoon and Saturday noon to help reduce energy demand, which is multiplied by the very cold weather.

  • Reduce heating by one to two degrees Celsius, especially in unoccupied rooms in the house;
  • Reduce the use of hot water;
  • Postpone or reduce the use of major appliances, especially the clothes dryer and dishwasher, especially during peak hours between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Take care of yourself and others!