HEAT ALERT ISSUED FOR ELGIN COUNTY

Elgin County – the Acting Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Franklin Warsh, has issued a HEAT ALERT for Elgin County. Based on the Environment Canada forecast, a
humidex advisory is in effect due to the humidex values possibly reaching values in the low to mid forties for today and continue into Saturday. We should expect to see relief from the high humidity as cooler weather arrives on Sunday.

It is of concern that the citizens of Elgin County, especially the elderly living in apartments or homes without air conditioning, need to seek relief from the heat. We need to protect those most at risk such as the elderly, babies and the homeless.

Those with suppressed immune systems such as the elderly and babies are the ones
most at risk and need to be protected. Anyone experiencing adverse side effects
because of the heat should call 911 or go to an Emergency Department.

In the summer, the combination of high heat and high humidity can be very dangerous.

To avoid heat-related illness, please follow these tips:

Drink lots of water and natural juices even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember
to drink sips of water and juices over the entire day.

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. Plan any necessary outdoor activities in
early morning or evening.

Wear a wide-brimmed hat outdoors.

Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your
home.

Keep electric lights off or turned down low.

Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.

Wear loose fitting, light clothing.

Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.

Avoid intense or moderately intense physical activity.

Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.

Fans alone may not provide enough cooling when the temperature is high.

Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.

Reduce use of the car, stop unnecessary vehicle idling; avoid use of oil-based paints
and glues, pesticides, and gas-powered small engines.

Get help from a friend, relative or a doctor if you have the following symptoms of heat illness:

Rapid breathing

Weakness or fainting

More tiredness than usual

Headache

Confusion

Friends and relatives can help someone with heat illness by doing the following:

Call for help

Remove excess clothing from the person

Cool the person with lukewarm water, by sponging or bathing

Move the person to a cooler location

Give the person sips of cool water, not ice cold water

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