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Cold Weather Health Warning Issued

February 26, 2015 -

KFL&A Public Health is issuing a cold weather health warning to area community partner agencies and the general public. Once again, Environment Canada is forecasting wind chill values below -28 on Friday, February 27, 2015. This advisory is in effect for the KFL&A area.  

At –25°C, hypothermia becomes an increasing health risk and when the wind chill reaches –35 or colder, exposed skin can freeze in as little as 10 minutes. Over exposure to cold temperatures can result in severe injury and even death.  The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that children remain  indoors when the temperature is –25°C or –28 wind chill or colder. When wind chill values or temperatures are close, but do not meet to the warning threshold, schools and child care centre's should exercise judgment in the length of time children spend outdoors.

KFL&A Public Health would like to remind community partner agencies that deal with vulnerable populations to review the information below, implement cold weather contingency plans and continue to monitor Environment Canada weather forecasts.

More information on protective measures can be found on our website www.kflapublichealth.ca

Additional resources are available on the City's Extreme Weather page.