· A heat warning is issued when the Environment Canada temperature forecast is expected to exceed 31°C during the daytime and the nighttime temperature is not cooler than 20°C or the humidex is expected to exceed 40°C for two consecutive days.
· Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.
· Ottawa Public Health encourages residents to check on family, friends and neighbours who may be isolated or more vulnerable to the heat.
· Seniors, infants, young children, people who are homeless and people taking certain prescription medications for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and depression are at a greater risk of suffering from heat-related illness.
· During a heat warning, residents and visitors should:
o Drink plenty of fluids, preferably water, and limit or avoid caffeine and alcohol.
o Avoid strenuous physical activity outdoors.
o Avoid direct exposure to the sun and look for shade.
o Choose a sunscreen and lip balm with an SPF of 30 or higher.
o Spend time in an air-conditioned location such as a shopping mall, local library or community centre.
o Never leave children, the elderly or pets unattended in a car, even with the windows open.
o Cool down at City of Ottawa pools, splash pads, wading pools, beaches and community centres as well as Ottawa Public Library branches.
· In addition, Rainbow Cinemas in the St. Laurent Centre has partnered with OPH to provide reduced ticket rates to help people access air conditioning and to cool down during heat warnings.
· For additional information, residents and visitors can visit OttawaPublicHealth.ca or call Ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY: 613-580-9656).