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Heat Advisory for Parry Sound and North Bay this weekend

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The North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit is urging people to take it easy in the heat.  With the prediction of hot, humid weather for the coming weekend, the Health Unit is issuing a Heat Advisory with a reminder that when temperatures and the humidity are high, your body may not be able to cool properly which can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.  A Heat Advisory is usually issued when two consecutive days are forecasted to have a humidex greater than 36 degrees Celsius.  Symptoms of heat-related illness can include rapid or difficulty breathing, weakness, headache, confusion, more tiredness than usual, and nausea.  Emergency Preparedness Manager Greg Rochon says the elderly, very young, and people with chronic illnesses are at higher risk of illness from heat-related illness, but even healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous activities and do not take precautions.  For more information on heat-related illness, visit www.myhealthunit.ca.

Ways to help prevent heat-related illness:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with alcohol, caffeine or high sugar content.
  • Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing.
  • Avoid going out in the sun, if possible. If you are outdoors, wear sunscreen.
  • Seek air conditioned spaces, such as shopping malls or arenas.
  • Avoid heavy meals and using your oven.
  • Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is hottest.
  • Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck or arms
  • Never leave anyone or pets in a parked car
  • Fans alone may not provide enough relief from the heat.
  • Check on elderly family members and neighbours daily to make sure they are keeping cool.
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