Cold Cancels School Buses, V.F.D. Offers 'Carbon Monoxide Warning' Reminder

Frigid temperatures continue to blast the region today ...

Environment Canada's 'Extreme Cold Warning' remains in effect and has prompted both Elk Island Public and Elk Island Catholic School Divisions to cancel school buses for the entire day.

Both school divisions state that while buses will not be running on any routes, schools will remain open.

The same can be said for the rural buses in the St. Paul Education Regional Division #1 as well as several buses within the Battle River School Division, but again, schools will remain open.

Meantime, with the extreme cold, the Vegreville Fire Department is reminding residents to double check their Carbon Monoxide Detectors.

According to the Alberta Government's Office of the Fire Commissioner reports of Carbon Monoxide poisoning spike during extreme cold spells with furnaces and fire places running at full blast.

The Vegreville Fire Department's Public Education Specialist Lieutenant Sherry Haque reminds listeners there's a reason Carbon Monoxide Poisoning is called the 'silent killer'.

Along with double checking Carbon Monoxide Detectors, residents are also encouraged to check outdoor heat vents for snow and ice blockages, ensuring carbon monoxide can properly vacate the home and not become trapped inside.

And while there’s no denying its cold, is it ‘recording breaking’ cold?

Not quite.

According to Environment Canada the chilliest temperature registered yesterday was minus 30.9 degrees, nowhere near the record low for a February 3rd in Vegreville.

That was set in 1985 when the ambient temperature dipped to minus 38 Degrees Celsius.

The Extreme Cold Warning' for the region is expected to persist into Tuesday.




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