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Extended Heat Warning in Effect for Northumberland, Haliburton and Kawartha Lakes Until August 12

Another week, and another Extended Heat Warning – the fourth of the summer – is now in effect for Northumberland County, Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes.

With another hot and humid weather system settling into the region this week, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has issued the Extended Heat Warning for its entire region. The Extended Heat Warning is in effect from today (August 8) until late Friday (August 12). During the Extended Heat Warning, local residents are encouraged to keep cool, drink plenty of water and avoid strenuous outdoor activities.

“The message is the same as we’ve been saying during previous Heat Warnings this summer: don’t overdo things, drink plenty of water and seek out cool places to reduce your risk of heat-related illness,” says Carol Chan, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, with the HKPR District Health Unit.

Infants, elderly people, people with chronic diseases, and those who work outdoors are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, so it is extra important for them to take precautions during the Extended Heat Warning, Chan says. 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. If people are experiencing these symptoms of heat-related illness, they should seek immediate medical attention.

During the Extended Heat Warning and during any period of extreme hot weather, the Health Unit advises local residents to:

• 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.

An Extended 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, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100.

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