Heat Wave Alert. Tips to stay safe courtesy Algoma Public Health


Most of the Algoma district will experience another heat event starting Friday, July 13th and extending through the weekend.  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.