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Heat Warning In Oxford County

The heat and humidity today has prompted a warning from Environment Canada

OXFORD COUNTY - Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for the day for Brant and Oxford Counties.   

A hot and humid airmass is expected to affect the region and remain in place until Wednesday. 

Temperatures are expected to soar to 31 degrees with humidex values around 40 with little to no relief overnight as well. 

The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Public Health Inspector, Kayla Elms says that understanding the symptoms of heat strokes is very important, as it can be considered a medical emergency. 

"They may be disoriented, fell very warm themselves, rapid heart rate, increased breathing, dizziness, nausea; if your experiencing any of those symptoms, absolutely get out of the sun right away and hydrate and cool off as quickly as possible."

She adds that 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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