The weather is causing too many non-emergency calls to Urgences-santé

Jan 24 2019, 3:33 pm

As the winter elements increase throughout Montreal, so too do the phone calls to Urgences-santé and 911 dispatchers.

The public emergency medical service for the island of Montreal is urging citizens to only use 911 for life-threatening situations.

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Urgences-santé says it has been dealing with an influx of calls since the weather took a nasty turn at the beginning of the week.

Last night’s freezing rain downfall has added to the business of emergency dispatchers and they’re asking all weather-related incidents to be reported through to 811 instead of 911.

911 is to be left exclusively for situations in which lives are in danger.

Urgences-santé recommends staying inside altogether as temperatures are expected to drop to below freezing again this evening.