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January 17, 2019


Stay Safe during extreme weather

Released: 4:15 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – The City would like to remind residents to take necessary precautions during periods of extremely cold temperatures. The following are some winter safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Older adults and very young children should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure.
  • Check on older friends, relatives, and neighbours who live alone.
  • Recognize the symptoms of hypothermia: confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and severe shivering. If these symptoms are present, seek immediate medical attention. Severe hypothermia can be life threatening.
  • Bring pets inside and limit the amount of time they spend outside.

Residents should call 9-1-1 immediately if they see another person who appears to be in need of assistance or is injured due to extreme cold. When calling, be prepared to report the person’s location and condition, and whenever possible, remain with the individual until emergency crews arrive.

The City of Winnipeg is inviting members of the public to come in and warm up in civic facilities during operating hours as extremely cold temperatures persist.

City facilities that can provide a comfortable place to warm-up include City Hall, Winnipeg Public Libraries, swimming pools, and Leisure Centres.

For operating hours at City facilities, please check City of Winnipeg – Community Services or contact 311.

For more tips and information on staying safe during extreme cold weather, please visit the City of Winnipeg - Winter Safety.

Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service Update: Crews battle two late afternoon fires

Released: 8:26 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB – Dawson Road North Fire

At 4:43 p.m. on January 17, 2019, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service (WFPS) crews responded to reports of a fire at an industrial business in the 600 block of Dawson Road North. Once on scene, crews were quickly able to extinguish the fire, keeping it confined to a small area.

One patient was assessed on scene for smoke inhalation and transported to hospital in unstable condition. No other injuries were reported.

Preliminary investigations suggest the fire cause to be accidental. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Beliveau Road Fire

At 4:53 p.m. on January 17, 2019, WFPS crews responded to reports of a fire in a single family home in the 300 block of Beliveau Road. Upon arrival, crews launched an interior, offensive attack on the fire, which had originated in the kitchen. The fire was declared under control by 5:40 p.m.

There were no occupants in the home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Preliminary observations suggest the fire cause was accidental due to unattended cooking. No damage estimates are available at this time.

Residents are reminded to always stay in the kitchen while cooking. Stove burners should always be turned off when leaving the kitchen, even for a short time. Anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — should always be kept away from the stovetop.

January 18, 2019