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Cold Weather Warning Issued

January 20, 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 beginning on Monday evening, January 20, 2014 until Friday morning, January 24, 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.

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

 

Contact:

Adrienne Hansen-Taugher, B.Sc(N)
Manager, Emergency Preparedness & Health Hazard

KFL&A Public Health
221 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario  K7M 1V5
613-549-1232, ext. 1256
Fax: 613-549-7896

Adrienne.Hansen-Taugehr@kflapublichealth.ca
www.kflapublichealth.ca