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Beat the heat!

Mon, Jun 29, 2020

Most of the Algoma district will be experiencing a heat event starting today and lasting until the end of the week.  Algoma Public Health would like to remind the public to follow our tips to help beat the heat and stay sun safe.

"Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke," explains Chris Spooney, Environmental Health Manager with Algoma Public Health. "Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include the very young, the old, the chronically ill and people who exercise or are involved in demanding work outdoors for prolonged periods." 


Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Follow these tips to beat the heat and stay sun safe!


  • Check in on others who might be vulnerable:
    • While maintaining physical distancing, frequently visit or check-in on neighbours, friends, and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated
    • Visit adults who are at higher risk of a heat illness at least twice a day.
    • Infants and children also need frequent watching for signs of a heat-related illness. 


  • Keep your home cool:
    • Close blinds and curtains on any windows facing the sun
    • Open windows at night once the outdoor air is cooler than the indoor air; close windows in the morning before hotter air comes in
    • Use fans at night to help exhaust warm indoor air and bring in cool outdoor air

  • Keep yourself cool and hydrated:
    • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease the risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration
    • Avoid heavy outdoor activity, alcohol, and caffeine
    • Cool off in an air-conditioned space when available
    • Take cool baths and showers as often as needed or soak hands and/or feet in cool water

  • If you are in the sun:
    • Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
    • Wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible).
    • Wear sunglasses with UV protection.
    • Use sunscreen and remember to re-apply it as needed.