With the Canada Day weekend ahead, we wish to inform residents in the Algoma district of an upcoming heat event set to take affect starting Friday, June 28th and extending through to Sunday July 1st. Southwest winds will push hot and humid air into the Algoma district with daytime high temperatures in the low 30’s with humidex values in the mid to high 30’s. Algoma Public Health would like to remind the public to follow our tips to help beat the heat and stay sun safe.
“Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” explains Chris Spooney, Environmental Health Manager with Algoma Public Health. “Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include the very young, the old, the chronically ill and people who exercise or are involved in demanding work outdoors for prolonged periods.”
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Follow these tips to beat the heat and stay sun safe!
* Avoid going out in the sun at peak times (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.).
* Think about rescheduling vigorous activities like exercise and sport practices.
* Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
* Spend some time in air-conditioned places such as a shopping mall.
* Take cool showers or baths.
* Cook during the coolest times of the day.
* If you are in the sun,Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
* Wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible).
* Use sunscreen and remember to re-apply it as needed.
* In addition, visit adults who are at higher risk of a heat illness at least twice a day. Infants and children also need frequent watching for signs of a heat-related illness.
More details on the alert are available here. http://www.algomapublichealth.com/