Environment Canada has issued a heat warning which means temperatures and humidex levels are expected to be very high for the next few days. The Huron County Health Unit is reminding the public to take care to prevent heat-related illnesses.
Public Health Inspector Chris Boyes tells myFM news that there are multiple heat illnesses that should be actively avoided including heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps). Watch for symptoms of heat-related illnesses, which include: dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
While you're outdoors, wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric to help prevent overheating. Never EVER leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
To stay cool at home, take cold showers or baths, make meals that don't need to be cooked in your oven, and block the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
Follow Environment Canada's weather forecasts at www.weather.gc.ca so you can plan ahead to stay safe in hot weather.