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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

HPE Extended Heat Warning

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is issuing an extended heat
warning. The extreme hot and humid weather is predicted to continue today
through Thursday July 5, 2018.

Heat events put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, but health risks are greatest
for:
  • older adults, infants and young children;
  • people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties or heart conditions;
  • people who work or exercise in the heat;
  • homeless people and people without access to air conditioning.

Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps). Watch for symptoms, which include:
  • dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting;
  • headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat;
  • extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you are caring for
someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused, or
has stopped sweating.  While waiting for help – cool the person right away by:
  • moving them to a cool place;
  • applying cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing; and
  • fanning the person as much as possible.

Heat illnesses are preventable:
  • stay well hydrated, drink before feeling thirsty (plain water is best);
  • stay in an air-conditioned place (home, shopping mall, recreational facilities);
  • avoid sun exposure (stay in the shade, wear SPF30+ sunscreen, a wide brimmed hat, UVA & UVB protective sunglasses, and loose-fitting, light coloured, breathable clothing);
  • take cool showers or baths;
  • block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day;
  • reschedule strenuous outdoor activities or plan them for cooler times of the day; and
  • never leave people or pets in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.

The public is strongly encouraged to frequently visit neighbours, friends, and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
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