In­tense cold hits re­gion

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM -

With the an­nounce­ment of tem­per­a­tures reach­ing as low as -38 Cel­sius for the next few days, the health and so­cial ser­vice Agency ( Di­rec­tion de santé publique de l’Estrie) has is­sued some rec­om­men­da­tions for peo­ple to fol­low. They should avoid go­ing out­side for pe­ri­ods of time that could cause a ma­jor loss of body heat as well as other health risks such as hy­pother­mia, frost­bite or the ag­gra­va­tion of car­dio­vas­cu­lar or pul­monary chronic ill­nesses. It is also rec­om­mended to keep chil­dren in­doors when the tem­per­a­ture is -25 C (-13 F) or colder.

The DSP Estrie also rec­om­mends the fol­low­ing: wear proper cloth­ing, in­clud­ing hats and mit­tens; stay in­side when­ever pos­si­ble; chil­dren, se­niors and those suf­fer­ing from a chronic ill­ness should stay in­side; keep an eye on heat­ing sys­tems, es­pe­cially wood stoves or gas heaters.

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