Simcoe, ON. December 13, 2017
With winter weather hitting the area, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit is reminding the public to protect themselves from colder temperatures.
In temperatures of -15°C or colder, unprotected skin can freeze in less than 30 minutes and the risk of developing hypothermia is high. However, while everyone is at risk to cold weather, some groups are more vulnerable to the frigid temperatures. They include:
- The elderly,
- Infants and children,
- People taking certain prescription medications,
- People with pre-existing health conditions,
- The homeless,
- Outdoor workers,
- People living in homes that poorly insulated or lack sufficient heating
- Outdoor recreation enthusiasts
“Because the elderly and young children are particularly vulnerable to cold weather, it’s wise to limit their time outside under these types of conditions,” said Kris Lutzi, senior public health inspector and emergency planner for the HNHU. “We’re also encouraging residents to check on family, friends and neighbours that are elderly or need special care, particularly those who live alone.”
Other cold weather safety tips include:
- Check the Environment Canada weather forecast before going out.
- Forecasts are available on the radio, TV or by visiting http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/
- If you must go outside, dress warmly in layers and stay dry.
- Wear warm, waterproof footwear.
- Wear a hat, mittens or insulated gloves. Keep your face warm with a scarf, neck tube or facemask.
- Change out of cold, wet clothing as soon as possible.
For more information about extreme weather conditions, please visit Environment Canada’s website at weather.gc.ca and for more information on how to stay warm and healthy this winter, please visit hnhu.org.