With a wind chill warning and snow squall watch in effect, Algoma Public Health would like to remind the public to take appropriate precautions to keep warm and stay safe outdoors.
Stay in heated buildings as much as possible and take shelter from strong winds. Extreme caution is advised for people heading outdoors. Expected wind chills will range from – 40°C to – 45°C. Exposed skin can freeze in less than 5 minutes. Wear appropriate layers of clothing and a hat. Almost 40% of body heat loss can occur through the head.
Hypothermia and frostbite are the most common and preventable injuries. Know what signs and symptoms to look for:
Look for shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling/uncoordinated movements, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Treat hypothermia by moving the person to shelter, replacing wet clothing with dry clothing, and wrapping them in warm blankets. Seek medical attention if experiencing these symptoms.
Look for white/grayish skin area; skin feeling unusually firm, waxy or numb. Body extremities are often the first to be frozen, for example, the nose, cheeks, ears, fingers, and toes. Slowly warm the body part in warm water not hot and seek medical attention immediately.
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