Point Edward, ON – With the prediction of hot and humid weather continuing for today, Lambton Public Health has issued an Extended Heat Warning for Lambton County. In high temperatures and humidity, your body may not be able to cool properly which can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.
The warning will remain in effect until Tuesday when conditions are expected to ease.
An Extended Heat Warning is issued when a heat warning extends beyond two consecutive days. This is when vulnerable populations are most at risk.
Heat-related illness is preventable:
- Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.
- Seek cooler or air conditioned spaces, such as a shopping mall, library, community centre or designated cooling centre locations.
- Avoid strenuous activities between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when the sun’s rays are strongest. Reschedule outdoor activities to a cooler time of day.
- Avoid going out in the sun, if possible. If you are outdoors, seek shade and wear sunscreen. Wear light-weight, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses.
- If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your health care provider if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbours, persons with disabilities, and persons with chronic illnesses daily to make sure they are keeping cool and hydrated.
- Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck or arms.
- The use of a fan alone may not provide enough relief from the heat. Avoid heavy meals and using your oven. Keep curtains closed to block the sun during the day.
- Never leave anyone or pets in a parked car. Pets need a cool location and fresh water.
View map of cooling centre locations
For more information on heat or cooling centres please call Lambton Public Health at 519-383-8331 or toll-free 1-800-667-1839.
Public Health Inspector
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 ext. 3576