Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 1:30pm
Keep cool during heatwave
The sunny weather has triggered a heatwave warning from the public health office.
Gregg Chamberlain, EAP
People in Prescott-Russell
and other parts of Eastern Ontario enjoying the arrival of real summer
weather are urged to take care they don’t suffer from sun burn or heat
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) has issued a heatwave advisory Wednesday as outside temperatures climbed to the high 20s and low 30s in some parts of Eastern Ontario. Seniors, infants and children, and people who either work outdoors or enjoy outdoor recreation and exercise are the ones most at risk for heat-related illnesses.
The EOHU advises residents to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and avoid being outside or out of the shade during the extreme heat of the day. Use sunscreen and wear a hat whenever possible. When indoors wipe down with damp cloths or take a quick shower to help cool down after being outside.
Watch for symptoms of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. They include swelling of the hands, feet and ankles, heat rash and muscle cramps, dizziness or fainting, nausea which may lead to vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, and extreme thirst. If any one or more of these symptoms appear, get to a cool place right away and start sipping water.
In extreme cases, if someone collapses and passes out, or seems confused and shows no sign of sweating, call 911. Get the person to a cool place until help arrives. Apply cool damp cloths or wipe them down with cold water to try and bring their body temperature down.
More details on heatwave protection or dealing with heat-related illnesses are available at www.eohu.ca/heat or by phone to 1-800-267-7120.