KFL&A Public Health has adopted a series of extreme heat thresholds to inform community residents, health care providers, and community service providers on the measures they can take to reduce the health effects of hot, humid, and smoggy weather.
Between May 1 and September 30, KFL&A Public Health monitors forecasted weather conditions and issues heat advisories when a hot or humid air mass is forecasted and heat-related health effects may occur.
When an extreme heat warning is in effect everyone is at risk; however, health risks are greatest for:
- older adults,
- infants and young children,
- people with chronic illnesses or who take certain medications,
- people who work or who exercise in the heat, and
- people without access to air-conditioned spaces.
Stay cool during hot, humid, or smoggy weather:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
- Avoid sun exposure by sitting under a tree, wearing a wide brimmed, breathable hat, or using an umbrella.
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place.
- Reschedule strenuous outdoor activity. Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day, either early morning (before 11:00 a.m.) or late afternoon (after 4:00 p.m.), when temperatures and UV rays are less intense.
- Check regularly on those who have mobility impairments, heart conditions or chronic illnesses such as diabetes and asthma.
- Wear loose-fitting, light coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
- Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
- Avoid making meals that involve using your oven, especially if you don't have air conditioning.
- Visit a Cool Down Here! location within our community to access air conditioned spaces where you are welcome, free of charge, to come in and cool down if you are uncomfortably hot.
- Listen to the local radio or other news sources for extreme heat health notices.
Information from https://www.kflaph.ca/en/healthy-living/Extreme-Heat.aspx. Please visit this site for more information.