Special Weather Statement regarding high heat and humidity into Saturday

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Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement regarding high heat and humidity into Saturday July 6, 2019. The Town of Huntsville would like to remind residents of the resources available to them.

The public is welcome to access the air-conditioned environment at the following town facilities during regular business hours:

• Canada Summit Centre and Active Living Centre located at 20 Park Drive
• Huntsville Public Library located at 7 Minerva Street East

With high heat and humidity continuing over the next few days, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit reminds people to put some precautions in place to protect their health.

Infants and young children, people 65 years and older, people with chronic lung conditions and those on certain medications are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness. Try these measures to keep you and your family healthy during a heat wave:

  • Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – that’s a sign that your body is already becoming dehydrated
  • Stay cool indoors and if possible, seek out an air-conditioned place
  • If you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Electric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation; however, when the conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illness
  • Keep physical activity to a minimum
  • Draw blinds/curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes.

The initial signs of heat exhaustion include feeling hot, uncomfortable or lethargic and experiencing a loss of appetite. If symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, throbbing headache, chest pain, dry skin (no sweating), problem breathing and/or confusion develop, you should seek medical attention.

More information about coping with extreme heat can be found on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or by calling call Health Connection, at 721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit recommends during high heat events that you stay in a cool location as much as possible, drink plenty of fluids and if you must be outside to limit your activities.

Residents can visit Environment Canada or follow local media channels for weather updates.

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