Simcoe, July 12th, 2016 Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Malcolm Locke, the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued a Heat Alert for Norfolk and Haldimand. The Heat Alert will be in effect until further notice.

According to Environment Canada, heat and humidity will arrive today with high temperatures reaching near 31 or 32 °C, with a humidex nearing 40 °C.

Members of the public are advised to take these precautions:

  • Drink lots of cool water even before you feel thirsty.
  • Go to air-conditioned places, including shopping malls, local libraries or community centres.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
  • Wear loose, light-coloured, breathable clothing and, when outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Avoid the sun. Stay in the shade or use an umbrella.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day.
  • Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car.

The HNHU encourages the public to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially isolated adults and seniors who are at greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness, to make sure they are cool and drinking plenty of fluids. Other groups at risk include people with chronic illnesses, individuals with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications, and those who are homeless.

For up to date information about weather alerts from Environment Canada, please visit www.weather.gc.ca/warnings

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Media Contact:

Adrienne Andrew

Health Inspector, Environmental Health Team

519-426-6170 ext. 3267

adrienne.andrew@hnhu.org