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Take care when there is a heat warning

Aug 08, 2016
SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Another heat wave is on its way and that means that people should be taking care not to overdo it.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA – Another heat wave is on its way and that means that people should be taking care not to overdo it.

When temperatures stay above 31° C for more than a day, or the humidity index exceeds 40° C, over exertion will increase the risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration or heat stroke.

When it is really hot, especially during a heat warning, 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 and if possible, seek out an air-conditioned place.
  • If you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Electric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation, however when the conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum.
  • Draw blinds/curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes.

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

For more information about extreme heat, visit the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org, or call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

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