(TGP) – Dr. Nicola Mercer, chief executive of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, warned residents on Thursday to stay safe, saying that Guelph’s “winter wonderland” poses health risks.

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Environment Canada will issue extreme weather warnings for the region that citizens should take note of, WDG said, advising that resident note the weather ahead of time.

“Walking through a winter wonderland and being exposed to extreme cold comes with serious risks,” Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer of Public Health Dr. Mercer said.

“Know what you are facing when you or your loved ones are heading outdoors. Dress accordingly and plan to have places to warm up and check in with anyone who might be at risk.”

Public Health gave warnings over frostbite–caused when blood flow is restricted–and gave recommendations for staying warm including checking the weather, limiting time outside and maintaining house heating systems.

“Remember to check in with vulnerable family members and neighbours when it’s very cold to make sure they are safe,” the statement said, adding that those interested could find more information via their webpage.

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