Public Health advises residents to take precaution when the heat hits

July 12, 2016   ·   0 Comments

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is advising residents of a heat warning that has been issued by Environment Canada for the city of Guelph and Wellington and Dufferin counties. A heat warning is issued when the forecast for two days or more is a daytime temperature of 31°C or warmer with a nighttime temperature of 20°C or warmer, or a humidex of 40 or greater.

The high heat, high humidity and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be hazardous to your health so Public Health urges everyone to have a plan for these hot summer days. Stay out of the sun and arrange to spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned places such as a shopping mall, community centre or public library. Do not leave children or pets in direct sunlight or a parked vehicle.

“It is important to prepare for extreme temperatures ahead of time,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “Limit strenuous outdoor activity to the early morning or evening hours and drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated. Take special care of children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions because they are at the greatest risk of heat-related illness.”

The symptoms of a heat-related illness can include heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, headache, diarrhea and muscle cramps. Heat strokes are considered a medical emergency. If someone you are caring for has a high body temperature, is confused, has stopped sweating or is unconscious, call 911 for immediate assistance.

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