The following is information from Niagara Region Public Health on how to protect yourself during excessive heat alerts:
- Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities either before noon or in the evening. Rest frequently in shady areas.
- Drinking plenty of fluids, unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician.
- Infants, children, the elderly, people with high blood pressure, people with heart and/or respiratory problems and those who work or exercise outdoors are at possible risk of developing heat-related illness.
- Heat-related illness occurs in three stages: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. A person with heat stroke may feel confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances and/or a headache. Other symptoms include seizure, unconsciousness and/or coma. Seek immediate medical attention for heat stroke.
The public is encouraged to call or visit friends and neighbours whose health is at risk due to the hot weather.