Dr. Paula Stewart, medical officer of health for the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, has issued a heat warning because of the high heat and humidity that is in the forecast for the rest of the week and throughout the weekend.
A combination of heat and high humidity can be hazardous to your health. Conditions during high heat and humidity have the potential to cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and in some cases death.
Those that are most affected by severe heat are the elderly, people with chronic illness or who take certain medications, infants and preschool children, people who participate in physical activity or are involved in strenuous outdoor work for prolonged periods
During a heat warning, the public is strongly encouraged to check on a neighbour or a friend who may have a greater risk of suffering negative health consequences from the heat and humidity.
During very hot weather, everyone should take the following precautions:
- Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
- Drink plenty of water and 100% fruit juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
- Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
- Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat when possible. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building, including shopping malls and libraries.
- Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can cause health problems. If you experience the following symptoms after exposure to extreme heat seek medical attention immediately:
- Nausea, dizziness, blurred vision
- Difficulty or rapid breathing
- Severe headache or confusion