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2014-01-02 at NOON

Health Unit renews frostbite, hypothermia warnings amid cold snap

By tbnewswatch.com
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With frigid temperatures blanketing the region the Thunder Bay District Health Unit is renewing its frostbite and hypothermia warnings.

Public Health Nurse Judi Martin says a scarf and mitts should be worn at all times.

“Exposed skin at some of the temperatures we have been experiencing, anything below -40C, skin can freeze as little as five minutes,” Martin told CKPR Radio Thursday. “So it’s very important to wear protective clothing all the time.”

She adds that if you notice discoloured and painful areas of skin you should go inside immediately and slowly warm up.

“One of the things that you can do for yourself is to use your own body to help warm your skin,” Martin says. “It’s important not to use any dry or hot heat.”

Because you may be experiencing numbness, the dry or hot heat can be dangerous because you may have trouble feeling what the temperature actually is.

(CKPR Radio)

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nvjgu says:
I don't see a need to be warned that if is cold outside like this that I will get cold.
1/2/2014 1:47:14 PM
xquisiteroughpatch says:
Yeah, but the problem is that if they don't say anything, then the person who gets frostbite because they didn't 'hear any warnings' would cause a big stink about it.
1/3/2014 9:17:41 AM
westfort resident says:
Many people are so preoccupied with their handheld devices these days that they forget basic common sense things like wearing appropriate clothing based on weather conditions.
1/2/2014 2:50:56 PM
Gord says:
Thank God the Health Unit is there to remind us to wear mittens when it is cold...
1/2/2014 7:30:43 PM
tsb says:
They do this because when cold weather hits, lots of people get severe frostbite and tie up medical staff to deal with it. The goal of the Health Unit is to prevent medical issues, and this reminder is a part of that.
1/2/2014 11:20:51 PM
mitsukosouma says:
I hope you all get frostbite on your fingers, you jerks.
1/2/2014 9:33:25 PM
gremlin says:
Well said Gord. Thank God for the Nanny state.
1/2/2014 11:29:14 PM
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