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Beat the Heat This Weekend, Health Unit Advises

The first hot and humid weather to hit the region in 2016 is bringing a reminder for local residents to keep their cool.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is advising people to beat the heat this weekend, as a warm and humid air mass settles into southern Ontario for the next few days.

While the weather will be warm this weekend, the conditions do not meet the criteria for a Heat Warning to be issued. When those conditions are reached any time this summer, the Health Unit will issue such a Heat Warning. 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.

The Health Unit notes that hot weather conditions pose a health risk when people are not used to the heat. Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, and people with chronic illnesses.

To beat the heat, 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 hot weather, click here.

For media inquiries, contact:

Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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