Physical activity and fresh air are important in a child’s life. When we are experiencing extreme cold weather temperatures its important to plan ahead and listen to the weather forecast before sending them out to play or off to school for the day.
- Dress in several layers of loose fitting clothing made of wool, silk or polypropylene (these materials retain more heat than cotton).
- Cover any exposed skin, as frost bite can occur in as little as 30 seconds.
- Keep children indoors if the temperature falls below –25°C, or if the wind chill is –28°C or greater. (Canadian Paediatric Society, 2009)
- Always be alert for signs of frostbite and hypothermia.
For more information on extreme cold visit www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520.