Halton Region – Preventing heat-related illness


It’s important to stay safe and healthy
in the summer, while enjoying all that Halton Region has to offer. But as the
temperature rises, so does the risk for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness
can affect anybody, especially older adults, children, outdoor workers, people
with chronic illnesses, and those who exercise outdoors. It occurs when your
body temperature rises so quickly that sweating can’t cool you down. Pretty soon
your body overheat. Symptoms can include dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting,
headache, rapid breathing or heartbeat, and extreme thirst.
None of these are pleasant but luckily heat-related illness can be prevented.
When a heat warning has been issued make sure to drink lots of water before you
feel thirsty, wear a wide-brimmed hat when outside and make sure to take
plenty of breaks in cool or shady areas. When a heat warning is in effect it’s
important to visit family and friends, especially those who are chronically ill,
to make sure they’re staying cool and hydrated. Visit halton.ca/heat
today to learn more and sign up to get heat warnings delivered directly to your
inbox.

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