News release: May 19, 2021
Take care in the heat, hot weather on the way
BRAMPTON, ON (May 19, 2021) – Warm weather is finally on its way. Before we start experiencing long periods of sustained heat, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how to be heat-aware.
Symptoms of heat-related illness include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, extreme thirst, decreased urination and unusually dark yellow urine. Extreme hot and humid weather can be challenging for many in the best of times, so it is important to be even more prepared and aware of the ways we can beat the heat during COVID-19.
If you experience any of the symptoms above, cool off as soon as possible by taking a cool bath or shower or move to a shaded area. Remember to practice physical distancing and increase your fluid intake and rest. If the symptoms persist, contact your doctor or call 911.
“Residents with the greatest risks of heat-related illness are infants and young children, seniors, people with chronic diseases, and those who are homeless,” says Dr. Loh, Peel’s Medical Officer of Health. “Please call or video-conference to check in with families, friends and neighbours who may be at risk of heat-related illness, while practicing physical distancing.”
When outdoors in hot weather, keep a 2-metre physical distance from others who you don’t live with. Wearing a non-medical mask also helps protect you and others. If the heat is a concern, consider going out during cooler parts of the day.
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Follow these simple tips to beat the heat:
- Avoid strenuous activities between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun is at its hottest.
- While outside for essential purposes, ensure you drink plenty of fluids, carry a full water bottle, and wear loose-fitting clothing.
- Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
- Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck and/or arms.
- If you are taking medication or have a health condition, discuss heat-related illnesses with your health provider and follow their recommendations.
- Maintain physical distancing outdoors and if this is not possible, wear a non-medical mask.
- Poor air quality can also occur when it is very hot. When planning activities outdoors, learn what you can do to protect your health by checking the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) from the Weather Network.
Region of Peel
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.