Posted on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
Severe cold warning for Prescot-Russell region
Environment Canada has issued an Extreme Cold Warning for the Prescott-Russell region and other parts of Eastern Ontario.
Temperature conditions have made a sharp drop since the warmer weather that resulted in heavy snowfall on Christmas Day.
The extreme sub-zero temperatures started to settle in during Boxing Day and since Wednesday have sunk to between minus 25 to minus 30 degrees during the day. Winter winds have also created potential wind chill situations of minus 35 or colder during the day and between minus 35 and minus 40 during the night in some areas of the region.
A frost bite warning is in effect. Residents are advised to remain indoors if at all possible. The risk of frost bite and hypothermia, also known as “exposure sickness”, are greater for children and seniors who are outside without proper cold-weather clothing, and also for people with chronic illnesses or whose jobs require them to work outside.
Keep pets inside the house or in a heated garage also. If it is too cold for a human to go outside, it is too cold for them also, in spite of their fur.
Anyone who is outside during the severe cold period should dress warmly and wear layered clothing, including a wind-resistant outer coat. Tuques, balaclavas, scarves and well-insulated gloves or mittens are necessary to avoid having skin exposed to the cold. Chemical “hot shot” hand and foot warmers should be kept inside gloves or mittens and boots but remember that the chemical heat provided is temporary.
Watch for cold-related symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness or severe aching and colour changes in the fingers and toes. If working outside, take frequent breaks to go indoors and warm up.
Anyone driving should have an emergency road kit inside their vehicle with blankets, extra jumper cables, chocolate bars or other sweets, extra clothing, road flares, and small candles and matches.