Humidex Advisory for Oakville Issued: June 24, 2013

Humidex Advisory for Oakville Issued: June 24, 2013
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As a result of hot temperatures, a Humidex Advisory has been issued by Environment Canada for today, June 24, 2013. This advisory is due to the combination of high heat, high humidity (greater than 40 degrees Celsius) and/or other weather conditions that can be hazardous to your health. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. When a Humidex Advisory has been issued by Environment Canada, the Health Department issues a Heat Alert.

Those especially at risk during heat and smog related weather conditions include older adults (over 65 years), infants and young children, and those with chronic heart or lung disease, including asthma. Call or visit friends and neighbours who may also be at risk and never leave children, pets or vulnerable individuals unattended in a car. Parents, coaches and others supervising children should be aware of the health risks during a heat alert. If you experience symptoms of heat-induced illness, such as rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, headache, or confusion, seek medical attention right away.

You can avoid heat related illness by staying out of the hot sun or heat, and going to air-conditioned sites (e.g., malls, community centres). For a list of cooling centres in Halton, visit: www.halton.ca/heatalert. You should also avoid strenuous outdoor activity and, if possible, reschedule sports practices and jogging times. Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices (avoid alcohol, caffeine).

For weather information, listen to the forecasts on local television and radio stations or read local newspapers. Weather and heat information can also be obtained from Environment Canada’s web site at: http://weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html?id=on. For air quality and smog alert information, visit: www.airqualityontario.com. For information on heat alerts, please visit the Halton Region Health Department’s website at www.halton.ca/heatalert, or dial 311, or call 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866), TTY 905-827-9833.

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