Heat Warning Issued for the Region of Peel
BRAMPTON, ON (June 12, 2017) – A heat warning has been issued for the Region of Peel.
A heat warning is issued by the Region of Peel when at least two days of high temperatures or humidity put people at greater risk of heat-related illnesses, such as dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
"Residents with the greatest risks of heat-related illness are infants and young children, seniors, people with chronic diseases, and those who are homeless," says Dr. Monica Hau, Associate Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel. "Please take extra precautions to keep cool, and be watchful of friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable."
Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.
People experiencing any of these symptoms should cool off as soon as possible by moving to a shaded or air conditioned area, increasing fluid intake and resting. If the symptoms persist, contact a doctor or call 911.
When caring for someone who is showing signs of heat stroke, such as high body temperature, confusion, loss of consciousness or the absence of sweating, call 911 immediately.
Heat-related illnesses can be prevented by following these simple tips to beat the heat:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest.
- Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
- Follow the recommendations of a health care provider if you are taking any medications or have a health condition.
- Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on the face, neck and/or arms.
Poor air quality can also occur when it is very hot. When planning activities outdoors, learn what you can do to protect your health by checking the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) from the Weather Network.
For more information on heat-related illness, visit peelregion.ca/health/heat/.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected community for life for more than 1.4 million people and approximately 143,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel’s services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.