The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit has issued details on how to protect yourself during the latest heat warning because of the forecast over the next few days. Temperatures and humidity levels are expected to be very high. The health unit says the elderly, people with illness, young children and people who are involved in strenuous outdoor work are most at risk. Make sure you take these precautions if you plan to go outdoors.
- Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
- Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
- Drink plenty of water and 100% fruit juices throughout the day, even if you don’t feel very thirsty. Remember to take sips often and not to guzzle your drink.
- Eat foods that have high water content such as watermelon, grapes and oranges.
- Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
- Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat when possible. If you must go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Whenever possible go to an air-conditioned room or building, including shopping malls and libraries.
- Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat when outdoors.
- Keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home.
- Keep electric lights off or turned down low.
- Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels.
- Visit a local pool or beach – check for postings http://www.healthunit.org/water/test/beach_results.htm
- Avoid eating heavy meals and using your oven.
- Use fans to draw cool air at night, but do not rely on a fan as a cooling device during long periods of high heat and humidity.
- Reduce the use of personal vehicles, stop unnecessary idling; avoid using oil-based paints and glues, pesticides and gas-powered small engines.
You can also check on neighbours who may be at higher risk to make sure they’re alright. For more information, visit www.healthunit.org.