According to Environment Canada, risk of frostbite is fairly minor when temperatures range from -10°C to -27°C (14°F to -16.6°F) but increases considerably below that. For example, temperatures with or without wind chill that range between -28°C (-18.4°F) and -39°C (-38.2°F) can lead to frostbite IF skin is exposed for anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Below -40°C (-40°F) can lead to frostbite in under 10 minutes. Below -55°C (-67°F)? Two minutes or less is all is takes for tissue damage if not dry and bundled up properly.
Other factors to consider include age (infants lose heat faster than adults), health (diabetics suffer from poor circulation and are thus more vulnerable), and body characteristics (someone who is tall and willowy will lose body heat faster than a short and stocky individual).
- What is frostbite?
- What does frostbite look like?
- How long does it take to get frostbitten?
- Could you provide me with a breakdown of what to wear and what to do depending on the temperature and wind chill index?
- How do I prevent frostbite?
- What are the symptoms of frostbite?
- Who is most susceptible to frostbite?
- Who gets frostbite the most though?
- I think I may be frostbitten. What should I do?