Health officials urge caution during first ‘heat warning’ of season

WELLINGTON COUNTY – Public health officials are reminding residents to take precautions during the first hot stretch of spring.

On Monday, Environment Canada issued a heat warning for all of Wellington County, noting temperatures are expected to reach close to 30C until Friday.

“Humidex values in the mid to upper 30s are also expected,” states the warning from Environment Canada.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (WDGPH) officials are reminding everyone to take precautions, particularly those at greater risk: older adults, children, those with chronic health conditions, and people working or exercising outdoors.

“High heat and humidity pose a greater risk early in the season when people are not used to coping with hot weather,” states the May 25 WDGPH press release.

“Summer sun and high heat bring risks of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which is a serious condition that can be life threatening.”

Health officials offer the following tips to cope during heat waves:

  • avoid sun exposure (plan breaks and schedule strenuous outdoor activities for the early morning or evening);
  • stay hydrated by drinking plenty of cool liquids (before getting thirsty);
  • close shades and blinds and avoid using the oven in order to keep cool in the house;
  • if without air-conditioning, take shelter in the coolest room in the home and take cool showers or a bath to cool off;
  • never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle;
  • regularly call friends and family to check in on those who are vulnerable/alone.