The medical officer of health for the Brant County Health Unit has issued a heat alert, with the humidex expected to reach 40C or higher.
High temperatures impair the cooling effect of sweating and may put certain people at risk for heat-related illness.
Signs of heat illness include rapid breathing, extreme tiredness, headaches, confusion, fainting and weakness. Seek help or call 911 if experiencing any symptoms.
The health unit suggests the following to reduce the risk of heat related illness:
• Drink lots of water and stay in the shade when outside.
• Wear a broad-rimmed hat and loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.
• Spend a few hours in places with air-conditioning, such as shopping malls or libraries.
• Take a cool bath or shower or cool down with wet towels.
• Avoid heavy meals and avoid using your oven.
• Keep electric lights turned off and keep window coverings closed.
• Avoid moderate and intense physical activity.
• Never leave a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
• Use fans.
• Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your medications.
The alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.