Ontario's Doctors reminding everyone to stay safe and cool as heat warning issued

TORONTO, July 28, 2015 /CNW/ - With temperatures forecast in the 30s for Southern Ontario this week, Ontario's doctors want to remind the public to stay safe and stay cool.

Hot summer weather and heat events, such as the heat warning issued by Environment Canada, can put people at risk of suffering from heat illness. Heat illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat edema (swelling of hands and feet), heat rash, and the most serious, heat stroke. Heat stroke is a medical emergency, and must be quickly attended to with medical care and cooling methods.

There are many ways to protect yourself and others from heat illnesses. Children and seniors are most vulnerable to the effects of hot, humid weather. Here are some tips to beat the heat and stay cool:

  • Stay hydrated – Drink plenty of cool liquids. You can boost your child's intake of liquids by providing more fruits and vegetables, which have high water content.

  • Keep cool – Dress in loose-fitting, breathable clothing; use an air conditioner or fan; and try to avoid cooking meals that require using the oven. You can run a cool bath for your child to help cool them down.

  • Be heat smart – Reschedule or plan activities for cooler parts of the day; if you do go outside try to stay in shady areas. Try moving activities or exercise indoors to an air conditioned space.

  • Stay alert – Pay attention to how you feel. Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include dizziness, headache, nausea or feeling faint.

  • Check on elderly neighbours – Hot weather can be dangerous to the health of older adults, especially those with pre-existing health conditions. If you have an elderly neighbour, make sure to check in on them and ensure that they are well-hydrated.

"We all want to get outside and enjoy the summer weather, but it is important to take precautions when the temperature and humidity rises to extreme levels. Heat illnesses should be taken seriously so we are reminding everyone to consider these simple tips to stay safe and stay cool."

Dr. Mike Toth
President, Ontario Medical Association

SOURCE Ontario Medical Association

For further information: OMA Media Relations at 416.340.2862 or toll-free at 1.800.268.7215, ext. 2862, media@oma.org @OntariosDoctors www.OntariosDoctors.com


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