Lambton’s Medical Officer of Health has issued a Cold Weather Alert for Lambton County based on the latest forecast from Environment Canada that predicts a temperature drop to -16°C tonight.
The alert, the second of the season, will remain in effect until Wednesday. Temperatures later in the week are expected to climb above the alert threshold.
Lambton Public Health advises local agencies that provide shelter and assistance to homeless people to prepare for an increase in demand during the Cold Weather Alert.
All residents should take precautions during a Cold Weather Alert by dressing in layers, shielding exposed areas from the wind such as head, neck and face, and limiting time spent outdoors.
Overexposure to cold can be hazardous, even life-threatening. Hypothermia, which can strike in any season, occurs when the body temperature drops below the normal range between 36.1°C and 37.8°C (97°F-100°F). Symptoms may include pale skin, lethargy, confusion, excessive shivering and hallucinations.
If someone is suffering from hypothermia:
- Seek immediate medical attention.
- Move person to a warm area, if possible; dress in warm clothing.
- Offer warm water, juice or milk.
- Do not offer alcohol or hot drinks.
Frostbite can occur in skin that is overexposed to cold temperatures. Symptoms of frostbite include skin turning red, blue, or a grey/white colour. Individuals may also experience pain, numbness and stiffness, especially in fingers, toes, ears and nose.
If you suspect frostbite:
- Warm the skin next to the affected area or immerse in warm water. Do not use hot water.
- Do not rub the affected area.
- Seek immediate medical help.
- Re-warming may take up to 60 minutes.