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Friday, June 29, 2018

HPE Public Health Warning

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is issuing a
heat warning to advise residents of Hastings and Prince Edward Counties of the
predicted prolonged hot and humid weather over the Canada Day long weekend. An
extreme heat event can lead to adverse health effects. Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat
fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat
cramps (muscle cramps).


 


Environment and Climate Change Canada issues a heat warning in Southern
Ontario when there will be 2 consecutive days of:


  • 31°C or more (day time) AND 20°C or more (night
    time)     OR 
  • Humidex* values of 40°C or more 
 


* Humidex values describe how the hot and humid weather feels to the
average person. It combines the temperature and humidity readings into one
number to reflect the perceived temperature. The higher the humidex, the harder
it is for perspiration to evaporate to cool the body.


 


Heat
events put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, but health risks are greatest
for:


·        
older adults;


·        
infants and young children;


·        
people with chronic illnesses such as
breathing difficulties or heart conditions;


·        
people who work or exercise in the heat;


·        
homeless people; and


·        
people without access to air conditioning.




Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which
include:


·        
dizziness, headache or fainting;


·        
nausea or vomiting;


·        
rapid breathing and heartbeat;


·        
extreme thirst; and


·        
decreased urination with unusually dark
yellow urine.


 


If
you experience any of these symptoms during a heat event, immediately move to a
cool place and drink liquids.  Water is
best. 


                                                                       


 


Heat
illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to
keep cool and hydrated.  Hastings Prince
Edward Public Health recommends taking the following actions:


  • stay well hydrated, drink before feeling
    thirsty (plain water is best); 
  • stay in an air-conditioned place (home,
    shopping mall, recreational facilities); 
  • avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear
    SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA  & UVB protective
    sunglasses, and loose-fitting long shirts and pants); 
  • take cool showers or baths; 
  • block the sun out by closing awnings,
    curtains or blinds during the day; 
  • reschedule strenuous outdoor activities or
    plan them for cooler times of the day; and 
  • never leave people or pets in a parked
    vehicle or direct sunlight. 
 


Hastings Prince Edward Public Health
encourages people to visit neighbours, friends, and older family members
frequently, especially those at higher risk, to make sure that they are cool
and hydrated.


 


For additional heat information visit Extreme Heat  at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca.


For information on the status of the
heat warning visit Alert Status at www.weather.gc.ca.
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