Heat Advisory Issued by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit

July 19, 2011

Heat Wave Advisory

With hot, humid weather in the forecast for the next few days, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit has issued a severe heat and humidity advisory for residents of Cornwall and the surrounding Counties of Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Prescott and Russell.

A heat advisory is issued when the humidex is expected to be 36 C or higher for at least two consecutive days. The humidex is a scale that indicates the level of personal discomfort resulting from a combination of heat and humidity.

During a heat advisory, everyone is at risk, but some groups are more vulnerable than others. They include young children, the elderly, people who exercise vigorously or who are involved in strenuous work outdoors for prolonged periods, and the chronically ill.
What can you do to prevent heat injury?

  • Drink plenty of water and avoid liquids that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.
  • Stay indoors. Stay cool by taking cool showers or wetting your hands, face and the back of your neck.
  • If it’s sunny, keep your house cooler by pulling down awnings or closing outdoor shutters (if you have them) over your windows, or keep the curtains/blinds closed.
  • If you have a two-storey house, keep the upper-level windows slightly open, to draw excess heat up and out.
  • If your house is hot, try to spend a few hours in an air-conditioned space, such as a mall, or a formal cooling centre (if available).
  • At night, if the outdoor temperature is cooler, open all your windows. If you have fan units that fit into the windows, use them to bring down the temperature faster.
  • Limit your physical activity.
  • Keep your home cool by limiting the use of your oven/stove.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights.

Specific tips for children:

  • Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and therefore are more prone to heat stress than adults.
  • Dress young children and babies very lightly, and do not bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • If you have a young child or a child with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma, do not allow them to partake in sporting events or exercise during heat waves especially when there is a heat/humidity advisory in effect.
  • Never leave children in a parked car.

For more information, visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website or call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.

 

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