June 15, 2018: Weather forecasters are saying the heat of summer is on its way. We’ll see high temperatures and humidity roll in this weekend and possibly peak around Sunday or Monday.
Public Health is reminding residents about precautions to take when the temperature rises.
“High heat and humidity pose a greater risk early in the season when people are not used to coping with hot weather. Summer sun and high heat bring risks of sunburn, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a serious condition that can be life threatening,” said Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health and CEO of Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health. “Take special care of children, the elderly and those with chronic health conditions because they are at the greatest risk of heat-related illness.”
Know where you can escape the heat and access air conditioned spaces. These could include community centres, libraries or shopping centres. Be sure to check your local municipality’s website for information on the hours of operation for local public facilities.
If necessary, seek out those air conditioned spaces and limit outdoor activity to the early morning or evening hours. Make a habit of applying sunscreen, seeking shade and having a water bottle available wherever you go. Keep your home cool by closing shades and blinds, and avoid using the oven.
Precautions should be taken all summer long. Check Environment Canada’s forecast so you’re prepared for those sweltering days.
Chuck Ferguson, Communications Manager
1-800-265-7293 ext. 4374