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.
Si la tendance se maintient, nos paramédics et nos répartiteurs auront encore une journée fort occupée! C’est pourquoi nous vous demandons d’appeler le 9-1-1 que si une vie est en danger, sinon faites le 8-1-1. Soyez prudents et reportez vos sorties qui ne sont pas nécessaires.
— Urgences-santé (@Urgences_sante) January 24, 2019
Urgences-santé recommends staying inside altogether as temperatures are expected to drop to below freezing again this evening.