Health unit issues “extreme heat” warning

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The Renfrew County and District Health Unit has issued an “extreme heat” warning for the weekend, with Saturday temperatures expected to range from 30-31°C (humidex mid-30’s), and even hotter temperatures expected Sunday afternoon and Monday afternoon (humidex will reach near 40 degrees both days).

“It is important to take steps to prevent heat-related illness during this heat event,” the health unit said Friday.

“Extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat related illness, however older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic health conditions, people who work or exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners are at greatest risk.”

The health unit recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
  • Take a cool shower or bath until you feel refreshed.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
  • Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by using a wide-brimmed hat or umbrella.
  • Plan outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.

The health unit is warning residents to look for signs and symptoms of heat illness, including:

  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Headache
  • Rapid breathing and heartbeat
  • Extreme thirst
  • Decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

“If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best. If you don’t feel better soon, seek medical help immediately.”

For more information visit www.rcdhu.com or call 613-732-3629 or 1-800-267-1097.


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