Avoid Heat-Related Illness with Rising Summer Heat

Algoma Public Health

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Avoid Heat-Related Illness with Rising Summer Heat

Thu, Jun 01, 2023


With the warmer months upon us, Algoma Public Health is encouraging people to protect themselves during the warmer weather. While extreme heat can put everyone at risk, health risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, people who work or exercise in the heat, and people who are homeless. If you are taking medication or have a health condition consult your doctor or pharmacist to determine if you are at increased risk from the heat and follow their recommendations.     


Heat illnesses are preventable! Follow these tips to beat the heat:

-          Frequently check in on neighbours, friends, and family to make sure they are cool and hydrated.

-          Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water. Avoid alcohol or caffeine. 

-          Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.

-          Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.

-          Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.

-          Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.

-          Prepare meals that don’t require an oven.


Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses:

-          Dizziness or fainting

-          Nausea or vomiting

-          Headache or confusion

-          Rapid breathing and heartbeat

-          Extreme thirst


If you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, move to a cool place and contact a health care professional, friend, family member, or neighbour for help.


For more information on extreme heat visit the APH Extreme Temperature page. Visit the APH website and social media accounts to stay informed during the warmer months. Get the WeatherCAN app to receive direct notification of extreme weather warnings to your phone.