The Grey Bruce Health Unit is advising the public to take measures to guard against extreme cold. Tonight temperatures will once again fall to near minus 20 with wind chill values expected to be between minus 25 and minus 30. These conditions increase the risk of frostbite and hypothermia.
Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.
The public is reminded to
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill. Dress in layers with a wind resistant outer layer. If you get wet, change into dry clothing as soon as possible. If you participate in winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and skating wear a facemask and goggles to protect your face from frostbite and windburn.
- Keep moving (especially your hands and feet) to keep your blood flowing and maintain your body heat.
- Drink warm beverages when out in the cold to help maintain core body heat. But avoid consuming alcohol which can increase your risk of hypothermia.
For information about the availability of warming stations, please check with your local municipality.
For more information:
Public Health Manager
Grey Bruce Health Unit
519-376-9420 or 1-800-263-3456 ext. 1353