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Cold Weather Health Warning Issued

January 6, 2014 -

KFL&A Public Health is issuing a cold weather health warning to area community partner agencies and the general public. According to Environment Canada, temperatures are expected to drop below –25°C or -28 wind chill overnight on Monday and throughout Tuesday, January 7, 2014. This advisory is in effect for the Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington areas.  

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.

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.

For a list of winter shelters and drop-in warming centres please visit our Extreme Weather section.