News Release: June 21, 2019
Summer heat is coming - stay safe with these cool tips
Beat the heat with these stay-cool-for-summer tips
(BRAMPTON, ON) June 21, 2019 – The heat and humidity of summer in Southern Ontario can be overwhelming for many. The Region of Peel – Public Health reminds residents to plan ahead to keep safe and cool as the hot weather approaches.
“Despite the cooler, wetter spring we’ve been experiencing, it’s best not to bet against summer weather occurring sooner than later, said Dr. Jessica Hopkins, Medical Officer of Health at the Region of Peel – Public Health.
"During the summer, and especially during high heat and humidity events, we encourage our residents to take steps to keep cool; check-in on friends, family and neighbours and those who are most vulnerable," continued Dr. Hopkins. "Residents with the greatest risks of heat-related illness include infants and young children, seniors, people with chronic diseases and those who are experiencing homelessness."
Signs of heat-related illness include rapid breathing and heartbeat, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, extreme thirst, and decreased urination. People experiencing any of these ill effects 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, seek medical attention.
Heat stroke is a more serious condition characterized by high body temperature, confusion, loss of consciousness and/or the absence of sweating. Call 911 immediately if you or someone in your care is exhibiting these signs.
Remember these stay-cool-for-summer tips:
- Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water.
- Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest.
- Wear light-weight, loose-fitting and light-coloured clothing.
- Never leave children or pets unattended 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.
The Region of Peel's Medical Officer of Health issues a heat warning when there are at least two days of high temperatures or humidity putting people at greater risk of heat-related illnesses. 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.
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 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 @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.