Calgary EMS respond to exposure calls during extreme cold warning - 660 NEWS
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Calgary EMS respond to exposure calls during extreme cold warning

(Sandra Prusina - 660 NEWS)

The extreme weather led to emergency crews responding to seven cold exposure calls in a period of 24 hours ending at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Although Calgary is no longer under an extreme cold warning, the elements can still do some damage.

EMS Acting Public Education Officer Nate Pike said exposure can lead to frost-nip which makes the skin red and painful but still soft to the touch.

“Frostbite is where it’s migrated into the skin and it’s actually frozen and the skin tissue is actually frozen solid so it’s going to be considerably more pale then the normal colour that you would expect to see and it’s going to be quite hard to the touch as well,” he explained.

Pike added they are especially concerned about Calgary’s vulnerable population.

“If you see somebody who appears to be struggling with the cold if you have the ability to get them somewhere safe and warm then absolutely do so,” he advised. “But if you’re not comfortable with the situation or if you’re not sure if the person is going to be okay give 911 a call.”

He said it’s important to be prepared for exposure so plan ahead and bundle up.