Our offices and clinics will be closed on Friday July 1 for the Canada Day holiday. Regular hours resume on Monday, July 4, 2016.
A heat warning has been issued for Guelph, Wellington County and Dufferin County. Temperatures are expected to reach above 31°C today.
The combination of high heat, high humidity, and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be hazardous to your health. It’s important to prepare for hot weather to help prevent heat-related illness and death. Read below to find out what you can do to protect yourself and others.
Know the forecast
You can find out when there’s a heat warning by following:
- Local weather reports
- Warnings from Environment Canada
- @WDGPublicHealth on Twitter
- Local news item posted (visit our homepage or subscribe by RSS)
Have a plan
Plan breaks from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area or splash pad, or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship or public library. Remember that children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions are at higher risk of suffering from heat-related illness.
During times of high heat and humidity:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cold water or juice
- Stay out of the sun
- At home, close awnings, curtains, and blinds during the day to keep the sun out
- Schedule strenuous outdoor activities for the early morning or evening hours
- Spend as much time as possible in air-conditioned places
- Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight
- Call or visit family, friends, and neighbours to make sure they are okay
- Plan to visit neighbours, friends and family, especially isolated seniors, to make sure they’re cool and hydrated
- If you have air conditioning, welcome family and neighbours into your home when they need a place to cool off.
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Wellington County is hosting the 2016 International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM 2016) from September 20 to 24, 2016, in Harriston, Town of Minto.
If you plan to provide food at the event, here’s what you need to know about working with Public Health.
Food safety training and workshops will be available before the event. If you want to sign up please email PHI.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.
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