Public Health has issued an overnight frostbite advisory for the city.
wind chill Wednesday night and into Thursday morning could make things
feel as cold as –25.
public health agency issues frostbite advisories when
the wind chill is expected to hit –25 and below.
warnings, meanwhile, occur when the wind chill reaches –35 or colder,
or when there are extreme weather conditions such as a
blizzard or an ice storm.
to health officials, here's everything you need to know to avoid,
detect and treat frostbite:
to a warm area before frostbite sets in.
it's too cold outside, consider staying indoors.
extra mittens and gloves in the car, house or backpack.
larger mittens over your gloves.
a scarf to protect the chin, lips and cheeks, as they're all
extremely susceptible to frostbite.
two pairs of socks — wool if possible.
your feet warm and dry.
not drink alcohol, which narrows blood vessels and promotes frostbite
you are wondering if you might have frostbite, there are four signs.
Health officials call them the four "P's":
skin turns reddish in colour (the first sign).
body parts become painful.
white, waxy-feeling patches show when skin starts to die.
body parts feel numb.
you do notice you have frostbite, Ottawa Public Health advises you do
not rub or massage affected areas, which may cause more damage.
up the area slowly.
a warm compress or your own body heat to re-warm the area, but don't
use a compress that's too hot. Underarms are a good place.
toes or feet are frostbitten, try not to walk on them.
immediate medical attention if you see white-or-grey-coloured patches
or if the area is numb.
advise residents to seek immediate medical attention if you
notice severe frostbite. Temperatures below –40 C can cause
frostbite within 10 minutes.
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