KFL&A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUES EXTENDED HEAT WARNING
7/12/2018 1:26:57 PM
KFL&A Public Health has issued an extended heat warning for area residents. We're expecting more hot and humid weather starting this weekend up until Tuesday next week. The releases from Public Health says Environment Canada is calling for temperatures in the low to mid 30's and overnight temperatures won't dip below 20 degrees. Public Health says being prepared is key to protecting communities from negative health impacts.
During heat events everyone is at risk; however, the health risks are greatest for:
Older adults, Infants and young children.
People with chronic illnesses or who take certain medications.
People who work or who exercise in the heat.
People without access to air-conditioned spaces.
KFL&A Public Health recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:
Drinking plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
Avoiding direct sun exposure, for example by sitting under a tree, wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, or using an umbrella.
Taking a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place; take cool showers.
Rescheduling strenuous outdoor activity or planning outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
Wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
Blocking the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
Never leaving people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
KFL&A Public Health encourages people to visit neighbours, friends, and older family members frequently, especially those who are chronically ill, and those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
More information on protective measures can be found on KFL&A Public Health's website www.kflaph.ca.
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