Health Unit Advises Limiting Time Outside As Temperature Dips
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is warning that Environment Canada is forecasting extreme cold conditions with wind chills ranging from -30°C to -40°C for tonight through to Friday morning. Even though wind chill values are expected to moderate through the day Thursday, temps may drop to near -30°C to -35°C Thursday night into Friday morning.
The health unit says decreasing temperatures can put everyone at risk for cold-related illness or injury, such as frostbite and hypothermia. Health risks are greatest for those who are marginally housed or homeless, outdoor workers and sports enthusiasts, older adults, infants and children, and persons with preexisting medical conditions such as heart or lung disease.
Its recommended that you consider shortening outdoor play for children when temperatures are between -20°C to -25°C and keep children indoors if temperatures reach or drop below -27°C.
To reduce your risk, avoid exposure to the cold by covering exposed skin with a hat, gloves, scarf, and take regular breaks from the cold, in warm locations whenever possible.