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Protect Yourself During Extreme Heat Warning

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MEDIA RELEASE – SIMCOE MUSKOKA DISTRICT HEALTH UNIT

An extreme heat warning has been issued for some communities in our region from August 11 to 13, a reminder that people should be careful of their health and look for ways to avoid overheating, says the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Presently these areas include:

·        Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago

·        Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale

·        Innisfil – New Tecumseth – Angus

When temperatures are high, overexertion will increase the risk of heat exhaustion, dehydration or heat stroke.

During the heat, you should be taking care to avoid overheating.

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – that’s a sign that your body is already becoming dehydrated.
  • Stay cool indoors.
  • If you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Electric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation; however, when conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illness.
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum.
  • Draw blinds or curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes.

Infants and young children, the frail elderly and people with chronic lung conditions or taking certain prescription drugs are more vulnerable to harm from overheating. Check in on these people to make sure they’re staying safe.

For more information about extreme heat, visit the health unit’s website at www.smdhu.org/heat or call Health Connection weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 (1-877-721-7520).