Excessive High Heat Alert Issued for Niagara
July 12 – An excessive high heat alert is in effect for the Niagara region.
A high heat alert in the Niagara area is initiated in the following circumstances:
- The humidex is forecast to rise to 40 C or higher
- The humidex is forecast to rise to 38 C or higher, and a smog alert
- Environment Canada issues a humidex warning for the Niagara area
Precautions to Take during Excessive High Heat
During an excessive high heat alert, residents should:
- Plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day
- Rest frequently in shaded areas
- Drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by your physician)
- Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
- Dress in cool, loose clothing and shade your head with a hat or umbrella
- Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed
Heat Stroke is a Medical Emergency
Call 911 if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.
A person with heat stroke may feel one or more of the following symptoms:
- Muscle swelling
- Heart disturbances
Other symptoms include seizure, unconsciousness and/or coma. Seek immediate medical attention for heat stroke.
People at High Risk during Excessive High Heat
During excessive high heat everyone is at risk, but those most at risk of developing a heat-related illness include:
- People with high blood pressure, heart and/or respiratory problems
- People who are on medication
- People who work or exercise outdoors
Check on elderly or shut-in neighbours during an Excessive High Heat Alert. You could save a life.