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Monday June 24th, 2013

Posted at 10:59am

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The Health Unit has declared a level 1 heat alert for Windsor-Essex County from Monday, June 24th through Wednesday June 26th.

A level 1 heat alert is issued whenever the forecast predicts a humidex value reaching 40. In this case, humidex values are expected to reach 40 or higher for three days. Extremely hot weather and humidity can be very dangerous.

Tips for beating the heat include:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Go to an air conditioned place. Those looking for a place to go can call 211 or visit StayCoolWindsor-Essex.com for the latest locations.
  • Wear a hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day.
  • Check on your neighbours and family.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
  • Watch for symptoms of heat-related illness including dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination. If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, visit your doctor or nearest hospital right away.
  • Call 911 immediately if someone you are caring for has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused, or has stopped sweating.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is also advising residents and visitors to keep a close eye on family, friends, and neighbours who are at higher risk of heat health illnesses. Those particularly vulnerable include, older adults, infants, pregnant women, young children, people with chronic illnesses, the homeless population, and those who work or exercise in the heat.

For more information or the latest Heat Alert information call 211 or visit StayCoolWindsor-Essex.com.

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