Heat Warning Issued for Southwestern Ontario

A heat warning has been issued for most of Southwestern Ontario including Oxford County. 

SOUTHWESTERN ONTARIO - A heat warning has been issued for most of Southwestern Ontario including Oxford County. 

High daytime temperatures near 30 are expected this afternoon and temperatures are forecast to be slightly higher Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Extreme heat affects everyone however the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

You should call 911 immediately if you or someone you care for is unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. Remembering your neighbours, friends, and family over the next few days is a good idea, and most importantly, taking  preventative measures in assisting them to stay cool.  
 
Quick Tips from Southwestern Public Health to prevent heat-related illness:

·         Drink plenty of fluids, especially water

·         Wear a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from direct sun exposure

·         Never leave anyone or pets in a parked car

·         Seek cooler or air-conditioned spaces, such as shopping malls, arenas or any other public areas

·         Follow recommendations for medications need to be altered due to the heat 

·         Check on elderly family members and neighbours daily to make sure they are keeping cool

·         Wear light-weight, loose-fitting clothing

·         Avoid intense or moderately intense physical activity outdoors

It is important on days like this to never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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