Windsor- Essex County Health Unit Issues Extreme Cold Warning until Friday, February 1, 2019
Posted: January 31, 2019
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit Issues Extreme Cold Warning
Based on Environment Canada’s forecast, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health has issued an Extreme Cold Warning. The wind chill values of -30°C to -35°C are expected tonight through to Friday morning. An Extreme Cold Warning is issued when temperatures are -27°C (-16.6°F) with or without the wind chill for one day.
Everyone is at risk from cold, especially older adults, infants and young children, people who work outdoors, people with pre-existing heart conditions or respiratory illnesses, and those who are experiencing homelessness. Exposure to cold weather can increase the risk of cold-related injuries including hypothermia and frostbite. Frostbite occurs when both skin and the underlying tissue are frozen and can cause permanent damage to body tissue. Hypothermia occurs when body loses heat faster that it can produce it. Symptoms can include shivering, confusion, and uncoordinated movements. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Cold-related injuries are preventable. Follow these tips to reduce your risk of a cold-related injury and stay warm.
- Monitor local weather forecasts and warnings regularly – Stay up-to-date by checking our website www.wechu.org or by following the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Facebook or Twitter.
- Dress warmly – cover as much exposed skin as possible, dress in layers with a wind- resistant outer layer, a hat, mittens, and scarf.
- Remove outer layers of clothing or open your coat if you are sweating to stay dry.
- Keep moving, especially your hands and feet to maintain your body heat.
- Seek shelter when wind chill is significant, or limit the time you spend outside.
- Drink warm fluids and avoid alcohol – drinking alcohol before going outside can give you a false sense of warmth.
- Keep your vehicle well-maintained and have an emergency kit in your car.
- Check on your neighbours and family.
- Watch for signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Hypothermia is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you suspect someone may have hypothermia.