print-logo July 13, 2016

A heat warning has been issued by Environment Canada for Northumberland County, with maximum temperatures of 30 to 33 degrees and humidex values in the mid to high thirties.

Public cooling stations in the Municipality of Port Hope are available at the following locations:

  • Town Park Recreation Centre, 62 McCaul St., open Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 9:00pm
  • Ruth Clarke Centre, 81 Mill St., open Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Port Hope Library, 31 Queen St., open Monday to Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Friday 10:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am to 2:00pm
  • Canton Municipal Office, 5325 County Road 10, open Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm                           
  • Jack Burger Sports Complex, 60 Highland Drive, open Monday to Friday, 7:00am to 9:30pm, Saturday 11:00am to 4:30pm, Sunday 12 noon to 4:30pm.  
  • Port Hope Community Health Centre, 99 Toronto Road, open Monday 8:30am to 5:00pm, Tuesday 7:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday, 7:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 8.30am to 5pm.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke, heat exhaustion, dehydration, heat rash and cramps.  While heat events can affect everyone, those most at risk include infants, the elderly, persons with chronic diseases, the morbidly obese and the marginally housed. 

Please check in with neighbours, vulnerable friends, family members and acquaintances, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include: heavy sweating; muscle cramps; headache; fainting, paleness; weakness, tiredness; dizziness, nausea. If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids - water is best. 

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to prevent illnesses associated with heat exhaustion:

  • Avoid outdoor sports activities or moderately intense physical activity
  • Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
  • Drink lots of water and natural fruit juices, even if you don’t feel very thirsty
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola
  • Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible. If outside, stay in the shade and plan to go out early in the morning or evening when it is cooler
  • Keep shades, drapes, and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows slightly open - if you do not have air conditioning – use fans
  • Keep lights off or turned down low
  • Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a wide brimmed hat
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet towels
  • Avoid heavy meals and using your oven
  • Go to air conditioned areas such as a friend’s house shopping malls, libraries, community centres, or other cooling stations.

For further information, please contact the Fire and Emergency Services Department at 905.753.2230.