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Health Unit Issues Heat Warning for Northumberland County

With hot weather forecast for the next few days, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued a Heat Warning for residents of Northumberland County.

A Heat Warning is issued when the maximum day time temperature is expected to be greater or equal to 31°C and the night time temperature is greater or equal to 20°C, or the humidex is greater or equal to 40°C for two consecutive days. Depending on changes to the forecast for the next few days, the Heat Warning may be elevated to an Extreme Heat Warning, or terminated.

Heat can be a health risk, affecting everyone, but especially infants, elderly people, and people with chronic diseases. Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable. Symptoms of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, muscle cramps, headache, fainting, paleness, weakness, tiredness, dizziness, and nausea.

“Hot summer weather can take a toll on people, resulting in heat-related illness,” says Christopher Beveridge, Director, Environmental Health for the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “A heat warning is just a reminder for people to drink plenty of water, and seek out cool places.”

The Health Unit advises local residents to take the following precautions:

• Avoid outdoor sports activities or moderately intense physical activity

• Check-in with vulnerable family, friends, acquaintances, clients

• Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices even if you don’t feel very thirsty

• Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola

• Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible. If outside, stay in the shade and plan to go out early in the morning or evening when it is cooler.

• Go to air conditioned facilities (shopping malls, libraries, community centres or a friend’s)

• Keep shades, drapes, and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows slightly open - if you do not have air conditioning – use fans

• Keep lights off or turned down low

• Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide brimmed hat

• Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels

• Avoid heavy meals and using your oven

For more information on coping with the heat, click here.

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For media inquiries please contact:

Christopher Beveridge, Director, Environmental Health, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health, (905) 885-9100

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