Pubic Health Issues Cold Weather Health Warning

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Cold winter weather

KFL&A Public Health has issued a Cold Weather Health Warning for the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington area.

Environment Canada has forecast temperatures will drop below -25°C tonight as well as periodically through the week and into the weekend.

Public Health issues Cold Weather Health Warnings when the local forecasts call for temperatures to be -25°C or colder, or a wind chill of -28°C or below, or when extreme weather conditions—blizzard or severe snow storm are forecast.

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“It is forecast to be very cold throughout the KFL&A area over the next few days” said Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, manager of infectious disease prevention and emergency preparedness for KFL&A Public Health.  “The low temperatures and especially cold wind chill are of greatest concern during this cold spell, and we want all residents, especially vulnerable populations, to seek shelter, to cover exposed skin including head, hands and face, and to watch for signs of hypothermia.”

The Medical Officer of Health provided the following recommendations to prevent cold injuries that include hypothermia and frostbite:

  • Wear several layers of clothing and make sure that the outer layer protects you from wind and wetness.
  • Cover exposed skin (i.e., hats, mittens, face mask) to protect against frostbite.
  • Drink warm fluids that do not contain caffeine or alcohol, to prevent dehydration.
  • Maintain a heated indoor environment above 20°C; hypothermia can even occur indoors when temperatures are 16°C (61°F) or lower.
  • Avoid outdoor strenuous exercise during cold spells.
  • Check frequently on elderly and vulnerable people; ensure they are in a safe and warm environment.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia—know what to do!

Read KFL&A Public Health’s media release to learn more about frostbite and hypothermia