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Friday February 12th, 2016

Posted at 11:16am

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The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit has issued a Cold Weather Alert for overnight Friday, February 12th and overnight Saturday, February 13th.

Based on the Environment Canada forecast, late night and early morning temperatures for tonight and Saturday night are predicted to be -15°C or colder.

-15°C is the temperature threshold when a cold weather alert is issued by the Health Unit.

They warn that individuals who are stranded and those without shelter are in immediate danger, as are individuals whose homes are poorly insulated or without heat.

While it is best to avoid trips outside during extreme cold, this is not always possible. When outdoors during extreme cold, a number of steps should be taken. The most important thing is to stay warm and dry. Try to cover as much exposed skin as possible. Adults and children should wear a hat, a scarf or mask that covers the face and mouth, sleeves that are snug at the wrists, mittens, a water-resistant coat and boots, and several layers of loose-fitting clothing. Check frequently for signs of hypothermia or frostbite. Cold weather puts extra strain on the heart. People with heart disease or high blood pressure should avoid strenuous outdoor activities. Dressing warmly and working slowly is best.

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