Heat Alert for Halton

Heat Alert for Halton

Release Date: Sep 2, 2011

As a result of hot temperatures, a Humidex Advisory will be issued by Environment Canada beginning today, September 2. This advisory is due to the combination of high heat, high humidity (greater than 40 degrees Celsius) and/or other weather conditions that can be hazardous to your health. Even short periods of high temperatures can cause serious health problems. When a Humidex Advisory has been issued by Environment Canada, the Health Department issues a Heat Alert.

Those especially at risk during heat and smog related weather conditions include older adults (over 65 years), infants and young children, and those with chronic heart or lung disease, including asthma. Call or visit friends and neighbours who may also be at risk and never leave children, pets or vulnerable individuals unattended in a car. Parents, coaches and others supervising children should be aware of the health risks during a heat alert. If you experience symptoms of heat-induced illness, such as rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, headache, or confusion, seek medical attention right away.

You can avoid heat related illness by staying out of the hot sun or heat, and going to air-conditioned sites (e.g., malls, community centres). For a list of cooling centres in Halton, visit: www.halton.ca/heatalert. You should also avoid strenuous outdoor activity and, if possible, reschedule sports practices and jogging times. Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices (avoid alcohol, caffeine).

For weather information, listen to the forecasts on local television and radio stations or read local newspapers. Weather and heat information can also be obtained from Environment Canada’s web site at: www.weatheroffice.ec.gc.ca/forecast/canada/on_e.html External Link. For air quality and smog alert information, visit: www.airqualityontario.com External Link. For information on heat alerts, please visit the Halton Region Health Department’s website at www.halton.ca/heatalert, or dial 311, or call 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866), TTY 905-827-9833.

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Anna Larson
Communications Specialist, Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7851

Kate Richards
Communications Specialist, Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7232