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Heat Warning in Effect for August 4 and 5 For Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland Areas

Local health officials have issued the third Heat Warning of the summer, as hot and humid weather settles into the region area over the next few days.

The Heat Warning issued by the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is in effect for this Thursday (August 4) and Friday (August 5) for all of Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. During a Heat Warning, the Health Unit encourages people not to over-exert themselves outdoors to reduce their risk of heat-related illness.

“Hot summer weather can take a toll on people, resulting in heat-related illness, so we encourage local residents not to overdo things,” says Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, with the HKPR District Health Unit. “A Heat Warning is a reminder for people to drink plenty of water, and seek out cool places.”

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.

During the extreme hot weather, 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.

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.

For media inquiries please contact:

Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health, (905) 885-9100

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