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Heat warning issued for the Algoma district

Wed, Aug 18, 2021

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for most of the Algoma region for Thursday August 19 through Saturday, August 21.

Algoma Public Health would like to remind the public to follow our tips to help beat the heat.


"Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke," explains Melissa Francella, a public health inspector with Algoma Public Health. "Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include infants and children, older adults, those with chronic health conditions, and people who exercise or are involved in demanding outdoor work for prolonged periods."

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Remember to follow these tips to help beat the heat.

• Avoid going out in the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• If you are in the sun, wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible).
• Wear sunscreen.

• Wear loose, lightweight clothing.
• Spend some time in air-conditioned places such as a shopping mall.
• Take frequent cool showers or baths.
• Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
• Cook during the coolest times of the day.
• Reschedule outdoor sport practices, exercising, etc.

In addition, 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. A reminder to follow COVID-19 public health practices when checking on friends or neighbours to keep yourself and others safe and healthy.

Check in with your local municipality for a list of cooling centres available.

Learn more about staying safe during a heat warning.