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.