Southwestern Public Health has issued the first cold weather alert for this winter.
OXFORD COUNTY - Southwestern Public Health has issued the first cold weather alert for this winter.
Temperatures are expected to dip below minus 15 tonight with wind chills expected to make it feel like minus 23 in Woodstock. During a cold weather alert, residents should take precautions to protect themselves from the cold to avoid complications such as frostbite and hypothermia.
Those most vulnerable to the effects of the cold include older adults, infants and young children, outdoor workers, those who like outdoor sports such as skiing and hiking, and homeless persons who do not have shelter, proper clothing or food.
Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature drops below 35°C, affecting the ability to think clearly and move well. If you suspect hypothermia, get immediately medical attention. Warning signs of hypothermia include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. Infants may have red, cold skin and very low energy.
Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and colour in the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Signs of frostbite include a white or grayish-yellow skin area, skin that feels unusually firm or waxy, and numbness. If you think you have frostbite, seek medical care.
Southwestern Public Health is advising residents to take the following precautions.
- Stay indoors as much as possible
- Dress in warm layers when going outside (jacket, loose fitting clothes, toques, mittens, etc.)
- Cover up all exposed skin
- Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages as they cause your body to lose heat more rapidly
- Avoid strenuous exercise while out in the cold as much as possible
- Prepare your home and car for winter
- If you see someone who may be suffering from hypothermia, call 911 immediately
You can find a public Warming Centre online here.