Dog days of summer: another heat advisory

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

SDG and PR — As the mercury soars, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is advising residents of the  five counties and City of Cornwall to take precautions through the heat wave.

The agency’s move follows a heat warning issued today by Environment Canada. Humidex values will approach 40 degrees C today and into the weekend, warns the federal agency.

Repeating advice from Environment Canada and Health Canada, the EOHU cautions residents to:

 

  • Dress young and babies very lightly, and do not bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • If the weather calls for unusually hot conditions, try and plan your day so you can stay out of the heat.
  • Stay cool indoors by taking cool showers or wetting your hands, face and the back of your neck.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise in the heat (this includes children as well). If you have a young child or a child with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, do not allow them to partake in sporting events or exercise during heat waves especially when there is a heat/humidity advisory in effect.
  • Keep your home cool by limiting the use of your oven/stove.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.
  • Keep windows slightly open during the day.
  • At night, open windows wide to cool the house.
  • Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
  • Extreme heat – Sun safety – Healthy Canadians Website

If you have to be outdoors:

  • Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and therefore are more prone to heat stress than adults.
  • Limit your activity to morning and evening.
  • Give your body’s temperature a chance to recover by resting often in the shade.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and light, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar. It is important to know that children may not feel thirsty but will still need to drink regularly.
  • When swimming in a pool or at a beach, be aware that the high humidity and sun rays are still a potential threat. Proper sunscreen protection and frequent rests in the shade are still necessary.
  • When in the sun, keep track of how long you or your child has been outside. Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion right away so you or your child can get shelter in order to avoid further heat injury. Also, use common sense and remove yourself or your child from the sun/heat as frequently as you think is necessary. Do not over do it.
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