Our offices and clinics will be closed on Monday, August 3 for the Civic Holiday. Regular services resume Tuesday, August 4.
Environment Canada is forecasting high heat for several parts of southwestern Ontario this weekend, and has issued its first heat warning of the season.
Environment Canada issues heat warnings when forecasted temperatures are expected to be at least 31ᵒC and overnight temperatures are above 20ᵒC for two days or longer or the humidex is at least 40 for two days or longer.
Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults; infants and young children; and people with chronic illnesses.
To monitor this forecast, check your local weather daily:
It’s important to have a plan to stay cool on these hot days. Listed below are some things to consider in your plan:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids before feeling thirsty
- Avoid sun exposure
- Reschedule outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day
- Check on older family, friends and neighbours
- Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains and blinds during the day
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place (like a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air conditioned shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship or public library)
There are some simple steps you can take to help you prepare for heat all summer long:
- Tune in regularly to local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
- Arrange for regular visits by family, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need help.
- Find ways to keep cool before the hot weather starts. If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly. Find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours on very hot days.
- Have cool drinks in your vehicle and keep your gas tank topped up.
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In light of recent food recalls pertaining to frozen raw breaded poultry products, WDG Public Health and Health Canada wanted to share some important food safety tips to consider.
While breaded chicken nuggets, chicken burgers and strips may look like they’re pre-cooked, many frozen breaded poultry products are actually raw and need to be handled carefully and cooked thoroughly.
Raw meat and poultry can contain harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria. However, Salmonella and other harmful foodborne bacteria can be completely eliminated by cooking thoroughly. Following safe food handling practices can also reduce your chances of getting food poisoning.
Every year, roughly one in eight Canadians (or four million people) get sick with food poisoning, also known as foodborne illness. Many of these illnesses can be prevented by following proper food handling and preparation techniques. The most common symptoms of food poisoning include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever. See a health care professional as soon as possible if you think you have a foodborne illness.
If you are preparing frozen raw breaded poultry products, take the following precautions to protect yourself and your family:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water before and after handling raw poultry products.
- Use a separate plate, cutting board, and utensils when handling raw poultry products to prevent the spread of harmful bacteria.
- Do not eat raw or undercooked poultry products. Cook all frozen, stuffed, breaded or raw poultry pieces to a minimum internal temperature of 74°C (165°F). Whole poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 82°C (180°F).
- Always follow the cooking and heating instructions on the package of any frozen raw breaded poultry product, including products labelled with phrases such as Uncooked, Cook and Serve, Ready to Cook, and Oven Ready.
- Due to uneven heating, microwave cooking of frozen raw breaded poultry products, including chicken nuggets, strips or burgers, is not recommended.
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Video: Cooking temperatures
Our offices and clinics will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for the Canada Day holiday. Regular services resume Thursday, July 2.