As the City of Hamilton continues in a Stage 3 Heat Alert measures such as cool places, water distribution, and extended outdoor pool hours will remain in effect. The City has also extended spray pad hours of operation from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.   The City’s emergency operations group is also monitoring the situation and will respond if required.

The Medical Officer of Health would like to remind citizens that the risk of heat-related illness can be reduced by following these recommendations:

  • · Check on your neighbours and family. Especially isolated adults and seniors who may not have air-conditioning or transportation.
  • · Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
  • · Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
  • · Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
  • · Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellent as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply.
  • · Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
  • · Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
  • · Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
  • · Reschedule sporting activities. Consider rescheduling sporting activities to early morning or evening or postponing them until cooler weather.
  • · Take care working outdoors. If your job requires you to work outdoors take extra care to drink plenty of water. If possible take your scheduled breaks in an air-conditioned place or in the shade.
  • · Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin; weak pulse, fainting and vomiting. If experiencing symptoms, seek help right away – call 911 if needed.

For tips on coping with the heat and places to go to cool off, the public can contact 905-546-2489 or visit www.hamilton.ca/heat. For more information on how heat affects human health, see Health Canada’s website at http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ewh-semt/pubs/climat/heat-adults-chaleur/index-eng.php.

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