With those chilly temperatures, the risk of frostbite and hypothermia increases. Southern Alberta is currently under a frostbite warning and frostbite can happen within less than 30 minutes. Dr. Allison Gonsalves with Alberta Health Services says the best way to avoid getting frostbit would be to double up on layers especially when those temperatures start to dip below minus 27.
“It’s important to wear a hat that covers your earlobes and to wear a scarf that covers your mouth and nose because it’s really your extremities that are really kind of firstly impacted by frostbite. The ears, the nose, the cheeks, the chin, so those would be my best tips for that parts of your body. Then in addition to that, wearing mittens over gloves, and wearing a pair of really nice woolen socks, or thinsulate socks would be your best bet,” said Dr. Allision Gonsalves, Medical Officer of Health for South Zone.
When it comes to hypothermia, it’s best to wear a thick jacket with a sweater to maintain your body heat.