Extended Heat Warning Issued for Halton Region
Halton Region’s medical officer of health has issued an extended heat warning for Sunday, July 1.
It’s a result of Environment Canada extending its heat warning.
“Halton Region wants all residents to have a safe and healthy summer,” said commissioner and medical officer of health Dr. Hamidah Meghani.
“Heat-related illnesses can affect anyone. Symptoms include dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination. If you experience any symptoms as a result of heat exposure, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids, ideally water.”
An extended heat warning is issued when the daytime temperatures are expected to reach at least 31 C with overnight temperatures above 20 C for three or more days, or when the humidex is expected to reach 40 C for three or more days.
Exposure to these weather conditions can cause serious health problems.
Residents are reminded to stay safe and healthy during the heat and to take precautions when temperatures are high.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency.
Call 911 if someone has a high body temperature and is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.
Cool the person as best you can while waiting for medical attention to arrive.
You can prevent heat-related illnesses by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities; seeking shade from the sun; spending time in air-conditioned places, such as shopping malls and community centres; and staying hydrated.
Call or visit friends and neighbours who may be at risk and never leave people or pets in your care unattended in a car.
For the Air Quality Health Index and smog and air health information, visit halton.ca/airquality and for more information and tips on how to protect your health during heat advisories, including a listing of air conditioned locations in Halton, click here or call 311.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves 570,000 residents in Oakville, Burlington, Milton and Halton Hills.
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