HNHU Issues Extended Heat Warning
SIMCOE, July 4, 2020– With hot and humid conditions expected to continue over the weekend, the Medical Officer of Health is issuing an Extended Heat Warning for the residents and visitors Haldimand and Norfolk counties.. The HNHU recommends that persons take steps to prevent heat-related illness.
All people can experience adverse health effects from extreme heat. However, older residents and children are particularly vulnerable. As well, individuals with heart problems, breathing difficulties and psychiatric conditions as well as those who may be socially isolated (e.g. low income earners, homeless) are greater risk. Check on friends, family and neighbours frequently during heat events to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
Unfortunately many of the facilities (e.g. libraries, pools, arenas, community centres) made available by Haldimand and Norfolk counties to assist with managing extreme heat are currently closed due to COVID-19.
However, people can still take the precautions listed below to protect themselves and their loved ones during extreme heat events.
Staying outdoors during extreme heat events can lead to a heat stroke. A person experiencing heat stroke will have a high body temperature and appear confused, unconsciousness or have stopped sweating. Severe cases can lead to organ failure and death. If you suspect someone is experiencing a heat stroke call 911 immediately. While waiting for help, move the individual to a cool place, apply cold water to large areas of their skin and fan the person as much as possible.
The HNHU also recommends calling neighbours, friends and family members, especially the elderly and those who are chronically ill, during heat events to check on them and make sure they are keeping cool and hydrated.