January 5, 2017: Public Health is recommending that residents protect themselves from extreme cold weather conditions this winter. Over the coming days, the wind chill will result in severe conditions, with overnight temperatures getting close to Environment Canada’s trigger for an extreme cold weather warning. At these extreme temperatures, exposed skin can become frostbitten in minutes. Prolonged exposure can result in hypothermia.
Frostbite occurs when blood and oxygen stop circulating to your extremities, particularly your fingers and toes. In severe cases frostbite can result in amputation. Hypothermia can happen when your body temperature drops too low, which can lead to organ failure and death.
Public Health recommends taking a number of important precautions this winter. Make a habit of checking the weather every day and limit your time outside when the temperature drops. Cover exposed skin by dressing in layers with a wind-resistant and waterproof outer layer. Also wear waterproof boots, a hat, and mittens instead of gloves.
Please check in with vulnerable family members and neighbours when it’s very cold. For more information about extreme cold weather precautions visit www.wdgpublichealth.ca.
Chuck Ferguson, Communications Manager
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4374