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Monday, May 28, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. | Windsor-Essex County


Windsor-Essex County Health Unit issues Special Weather Statement

Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Wajid Ahmed, Windsor- Essex County Health Unit’s Acting Medical Officer of Health has issued a Special Weather Statement for May 28, 2018. While heat warning criteria is not expected to be reached, this is the first very warm and humid weather of the season.

Everyone is at risk from heat, especially older adults, infants and young children, people who work or exercise in the heat and those with certain medical conditions. Warning signs of heat-related illness include dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms seek immediate medical attention. Check on friends, family and neighbours frequently during heat events, and even after the weather cools off, as they may still feel the effects of the heat.

Heat-related illnesses are preventable! You can prevent a heat illness by following these tips to stay cool:

  • Monitor local weather forecasts and warnings regularly – Stay up to date by visiting staycoolwindsor-essex.com or by following the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day
  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars
  • Arrange for regular visits by family members, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need assistance
  • If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly before the hot weather starts. Otherwise, find an air-conditioned spot close by, where you can cool off for a few hours during very hot days (e.g., local pool, library, recreational centre, mall). Call 211 for available options
  • Learn about ways to keep your home cool during the summer (e.g., keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home)

For more information, please visit staycoolwindsor-essex.com and follow Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contact
Communications Department
Windsor-Essex County Health Unit
519-258-2146 ext. 6397 (NEWS)
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