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Heat Alert Issued For The Weekend

Friday July 17th, 2015, 11:46am


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The health unit has issued a heat alert for Saturday and Sunday.

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 the weekend.

The health unit says there is a possibility that Saturday’s humidex value could reach 45, a level 2 heat alert.

Extremely hot weather and humidity can be very dangerous. The Windsor-Essex County Heat Alert Response Committee and the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit urge residents to follow these steps to “Stay Cool” and enjoy a healthy summer:

– Drink plenty of water.
– Go to an air conditioned place.
– 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 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.

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