June 8, 2011
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York issues heat advisory

Take extra precautions and reduce risk of illness during hot and humid weather
NEWMARKET - The Regional Municipality of York has issued a heat advisory today as a result of hot temperatures and high humidity. 
York Region issues a heat advisory when Environment Canada issues a Special Weather Statement relating to extreme heat and humidity in our area.  Environment Canada has indicated that they expect cooler temperatures for tomorrow. 
Extreme heat can be hazardous to your health.  People most at risk of heat-related illness include children, older adults, people who work or exercise outdoors and people with pre-existing medical conditions.  The York Region Public Health Branch suggests the following preventative measures will help protect your health during hot and humid weather:
Find ways to stay cool
• Stay indoors in cool, well-ventilated areas
• Use fans with caution - keep a window or door open to bring in cooler air from outside
• If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go to places that do, including shopping malls, local libraries, public pools and community centres
• Dress in light coloured, loose-fitting clothing
• Do not leave people or pets in parked vehicles
Reduce physical activity, especially in the full sun
If you must be outdoors in the heat, try to plan activities for early in the morning or in the evening when it is cooler.  Rest frequently to allow your body temperature to cool down.  Follow the Canadian Cancer Society’s Sunsense Guidelines to reduce sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. or when the UV Index is three or more.  Seek shade, wear a wide-brimmed hat and wear sunscreen SPF 30 or higher.  Take extra precautions to protect older adults, infants and children.
Drink extra fluids
Heavy sweating removes water, salt and minerals from the body.  Don’t wait until you are thirsty; on hot days increase your fluid intake regardless of your level of activity.  During heavy exercise lasting more than one hour, drink 16 to 32 ounces (two to four cups) of cool fluids each hour. 
Warning signs of heat-related illness can include dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting, weakness and confusion.  If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
Poor air quality is common during extreme heat events
It is recommended you check the Air Quality Health Index (www.airhealth.ca) before considering outdoor activities.  The Index is designed to help you understand what the air quality around you means to your health.
For more information on special weather statements issued by Environment Canada, please visit http://www.weatheroffice.gc.ca/warnings/sws_e.html
For more information on heat-related illness, please contact York Region Health Connection at                                     1-800-361-5653 or TTY 1-866-252-9933.
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
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Media Contact: Jennifer Mitchell-Emmerson, Community and Health Services, York Region
Phone: 905-830-4444 Ext. 4016 / After-hours Cell: 905-716-9753
Email: jennifer.mitchellemmerson@york.ca

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