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Protect yourself from extreme heat

Jul 17, 2020
SIMCOE MUSKOKA - The heat warning issued Friday through to Sunday for communities in our area means that people should be careful of their health and look for ways to avoid overheating, says the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA - The heat warning issued Friday through to Sunday for communities in our area means that people should be careful of their health and look for ways to avoid overheating, says the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

When temperatures are high, overexertion will increase the risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration or heat stroke.

During the heat, you should be taking care to avoid overheating.

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – that’s a sign that your body is already becoming dehydrated.
  • Stay cool indoors
  • If you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Electric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation, however when conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum.
  • Draw blinds or curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes.

Infants and young children, the frail elderly and people with chronic lung conditions or taking certain prescription drugs are more vulnerable to harm from overheating. Check in on these people to make sure they’re staying safe.

For more information about extreme heat, visit the health unit’s website at www.smdhu.org/heat or call Health Connection at 721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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A Heat Warning has been issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) for the following areas of Simcoe – Muskoka.

  • Orillia - Lagoon City - Washago, Ont. (044120)
  • Barrie - Collingwood - Hillsdale, Ont. (044130)
  • Innisfil - New Tecumseth - Angus, Ont. (046510)

We will be notifying our community partners and municipalities according to our Heat Warning and Information System Plan. Information related to the Heat Warning is listed below:

Communities at Risk:The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Date Issued: Issue July 17, 2020

Current Details from Environment Canada Report: A Heat Warning will be issued at 3:30 PM today. Public Health Units requiring further information may contact us. Further alerts may be issued as the event draws nearer and the potential impacts become more certain. More details on the alert are available here.

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