While we are reminiscing of the devastating ice storm that coated us in 80mm of ice 20 years ago we see ourselves bracing for yet another cold snap here in the nations capital.

As the temperatures drop the risk of hypothermia and frostbite is much higher than usual which is why we need to stay safe and take precautions before heading outside. It is not always possible to stay inside our warm homes, sitting next to the cozy fireplace with our favorite book (although some days this would be a fabulous option). If you do need to venture outdoors when the thermometer reaches dangerous levels, there are some things you need to remember:

  1. Dress in multiple layers-make sure to cover face and all extremeties
  2. If you are outside for prolonged periods of time make sure to seek shelter for breaks periodically
  3. Watch for signs of frostbite: Pain is the first symptom and as the frostbite progresses the skin will get numb. Skin could also take on a white & waxy look

With wind chills hovering around the -40 mark frostbite can set in in as little as 5-10 minutes so use precaution! Bundle up & stay warm Ottawa!

With windchills around -40, the risk of frostbite is within the 5-10 minute range

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