MANITOULIN–With hot, humid weather forecast for the next few days, the Sudbury and District Health Unit (SDHU) has issued a heat advisory for residents of Sudbury and Manitoulin districts. A heat advisory is issued when the humidex is expected to be 36 or higher for at least two consecutive days. The humidex is a scale that indicates the level of personal discomfort resulting from a combination of heat and humidity.
Exposure to extreme heat can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and in extreme cases, death. Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses during periods of hot, humid weather include the very young, the elderly, people who exercise vigorously or who are involved in strenuous work outdoors for prolonged periods, and the chronically ill.
“However, anyone can suffer from heat-related illnesses,” said Burgess Hawkins, a manager with the Health Unit’s Environmental Health Division. “Everyone should take precautions.”
Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illness. They include rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, more tiredness than usual, headache and confusion. If you or someone in your care experiences these symptoms, contact a health care professional, friend or family member for help. In emergencies, call 911.
For more information on preventing heat-related illness, please call the Sudbury and District Health Unit at 705-522-9200, ext. 398, toll-free 1-866-522-9200, or visit www.sdhu.com.