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Cold Weather Alert Issued for Lambton County

This page was reviewed or revised on Friday, February 12, 2016 9:19 AM

Point Edward, ON - 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 the temperature to drop to -18°C tonight.

The alert will remain in effect over the weekend until Sunday. The Medical Officer of Health will not issue a Cold Weather Alert termination.

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.

Lambton's Medical Officer of Health issues a Cold Weather Alert when one or more of the following is met:

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:

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:

Avoid hypothermia or frostbite:

For more information on severe cold weather, visit www.lambtonhealth.on.ca.

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Please contact:

Paul Buttery
Environmental Health Specialist
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 x 3601
paul.buttery@county-lambton.on.ca