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Health Unit Says Take Precautions During Hot Weather

Posted: 2019-07-19 07:31:22 By: hbr

The heat warning issued for Friday and Saturday means that people should be taking care not to overdo it, the health unit says.

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

Environment Canada says that this heat warning will extended through Saturday, with a cooling trend beginning overnight Saturday.

During the heat, you should be taking care to avoid overheating.

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated)..
  • 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
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum.

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