MEDIA RELEASE: UPDATE: EXTENDED HEAT WARNING ISSUED FOR PORT HOPE

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Update: Extended Heat Warning Issued For Municipality of Port Hope

For Immediate Release

Monday, September 25, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

The Municipality of Port Hope is issuing an extended Heat Warning for September 25, 2017, with the potential to last over the next few days. Environment Canada has forecasted that the hot, humid weather experienced over the weekend will continue over the next few days with cooler temperatures expected later in the week. An Extended Heat Warning is issued when maximum daytime temperatures are greater or equal to 31 degrees Celsius and minimum night time temperatures are greater or equal to 20 degrees Celsius or humidex are greater or equal to 40 degrees Celsius for three or more consecutive days. 

Heat Warnings can be a health risk, affecting everyone, especially: infants, the elderly, persons with chronic diseases, the morbidly obese, and the marginally housed. Heat related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat rash and heat stroke are preventable.

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

• Town Park Recreation Centre, located at 62 McCaul Street, is open
Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
• Jack Burger Sports Complex, located at 60 Highland Drive, is open Monday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

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; and 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 in the 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

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca