News release

Caution Urged During High Temperatures

With unseasonably high temperatures anticipated to continue throughout the week, Nova Scotians are encouraged to monitor the humidex and air quality health index, and take simple precautions to protect their health.

"There are many common sense measures people can take to protect their health when the weather is very hot," said Dr. Robert Strang, chief public health officer. "Stay in the shade or air conditioned places, wear loose, light clothing, drink plenty of water, and avoid strenuous activities."

In warmer weather, there is an increased potential for infants, pre-schoolers, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic conditions such as lung or heart problems to become ill as a result of high heat and humidity. Family pets are also susceptible to high temperatures.

Symptoms of heat-related illness can include:

  • heat cramps: muscle spasms
  • heat syncope: fainting or near fainting
  • heat exhaustion: fatigue, weakness, reduced energy, headache, nausea and more
  • heat stroke: confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or seizures

People with underlying health issues may see symptoms worsen. Those experiencing heat-related illness symptoms should call 811 for HealthLink 811 with questions. In an emergency situation, call 911.

Organizers of sport and recreational activities should also build in adequate water breaks and consider rescheduling activities, especially if the humidex exceeds 40.

If a cool location is not available at home or work, other options include air conditioned or cool places like shopping malls, libraries, community centres or a friend's home. Fans alone may not provide enough cooling in high temperatures.

The humidex tells how hot it feels for the average person. It combines temperature and humidity. To find the humidex level or the air quality health index level in your community, visit Environment Canada's website at www.weatheroffice.gc.ca .

For more heat safety tips, go to www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/HeatSummerSafety.pdf and www.gov.ns.ca/hpp/publications/Hydration_scr.pdf .

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With unseasonably high temperatures anticipated to continue throughout the week, Nova Scotians are encouraged to monitor the humidex and air quality health index, and take simple precautions to protect their health.

In warmer weather, infants, pre-schoolers, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic conditions such as lung and heart programs are most at risk.

Chief public health officer Doctor Robert Strang says there are many common sense measures people can take to protect their health when the weather is very hot.

He encourages Nova Scotians to stay in the shade or air conditioned places, wear loose, light clothing, drink plenty of water, and avoid strenuous activities.

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Tony Kiritsis
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