With the cold weather forecast to continue through the weekend across much of the province, the BC Coroners Service (BCCS) is urging everyone to take special care of themselves – and each other.
“The Coroners Service is aware of three deaths so far this month that may be related to extreme weather conditions – two in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and one in the upper Fraser Valley,” BCCS said in a release. “Those cases remain under investigation, and causes of death have not yet been confirmed.”
In more rural areas, neighbours are urged to watch out for each other and ensure everyone has shelter, warmth, water and food during the cold snap.
“If you know your neighbours are elderly, take the time to give them a call or drop by, just to make sure they are coping,” said Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe.
Precautions should also be taken when outdoors with the wind chill factor, which combines the effects of temperature and wind, taken into account, the release continued. Getting wet also greatly increases the risk for hypothermia, as does alcohol impairment.
And finally, people should be aware of the increased risk in fire or carbon monoxide poisons when the wether gets gold, as people will sometimes turn to makeshift arrangements to try to maintain warmth in their homes.