January 24, 2019
Stay Safe during extreme weather
Released: 08:50 a.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 more tips and information on staying safe during extreme cold weather, please visit the City of Winnipeg – Winter Safety.
Winnipeg Public Library donating all fines collected this Saturday to the Literacy for Life Fund
Released: 09:30 a.m.
Winnipeg, MB – In recognition of Family Literacy Day, the Winnipeg Public Library will be donating all fines and fees collected at all branches on Saturday, January 26 to The Winnipeg Foundation’s Literacy for Life Fund.
“The Literacy for Life Fund is instrumental in providing grants to family literacy programs in Manitoba,” said Ed Cuddy, Manager of Library Services. “January 26 is an excellent opportunity to pay your overdue fines and help bring books, healthy play and quality learning to your local community.”
The Literacy for Life Fund was established in 2003 by The Winnipeg Foundation, Literacy Partners of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Public Library. Since the fund was founded, the Winnipeg Public Library has donated approximately $32,000.
More information about the Literacy for Life Fund can be found on The Winnipeg Foundation website at www.wpgfdn.org.