News Release: May 25, 2020
Take care in heat: Heat warning issued for Peel Region
(MISSISSAUGA, ON) May 25, 2020 – A heat warning has been declared for the Region of Peel bringing with it high temperatures and humidity. Extreme hot and humid weather can be challenging for many in the best of times, so it is important to be even more prepared and aware of the ways we can beat the heat during COVID-19.
“Given COVID-19, the 2020 heat season poses some very unusual and unprecedented circumstances for staying cool and safe. 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. Loh, Interim Medical Officer of Health.“ Please call, video-conference or check in with families, friends and neighbours who may be at risk of heat-related illness, while practicing physical distancing.”
Heat warnings are issued by the Region of Peel’s Medical Officer of Health 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. Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine.
Due to COVID-19, many of the locations that normally provide relief from heat such as shopping malls and community centres are not accessible. If you experience any of the symptoms above, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower, move to a shaded area and practice physical distancing and increase your fluid intake and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911.
“Please take extra precautions to keep cool, continue to practice physical distancing when outdoors and check-in on friends, family and neighbours who may be vulnerable, urges Dr. Loh.” “If you are caring for someone or when checking-in on those you know, call 911 immediately if they show signs of heat stroke, such as high body temperature, confusion, loss of consciousness or the absence of sweating.”
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Follow these simple tips to beat the heat:
- Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest.
- While outside for essential purposes, ensure you drink plenty of fluids, carry a full water bottle, and wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
- Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck and/or arms.
- If you are taking medication or have a health condition, discuss heat-related illnesses with your health provider and follow their recommendations.
- 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/.
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.