On First Day of Fall, High Heat alert issued for Niagara Area

A News Advisory from Niagara, Ontario’s Public Health Department

Posted September 22nd, 2017 on Niagara At Large

(A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper – After finding ourselves digging out our long pants and fall jackets to deal with the unseasonal cold temperatures earlier this September, and now this – what could be record-setting high temperatures forecast this weekend for much of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, including Niagara, and for much of Western New York.

Pack it in with unprecedented weather events of a far more dangerous sort in the Carribean and southern United States and in parts of western Canada and the U.S., where extended periods of drought and wildfires have dominated much of the spring and summer just past.

So enjoy however bonus days of July-like weather we get knowing, as many of you who have been following the climate issue closely do, that in the long-run there may be a cost, and it probably won’t be cheap. The rest can relax as they are assured by Tories, Republicans and their corporate masters, that the whole thing is a hoax.

Now here is the Niagara Public Health Department’s heat advisory – )

​An Excessive Heat Alert has been issued today, Sept. 22, 2017, by Niagara Region Public Health as the humidex is expected to approach 40​°C over the weekend.

Niagara residents are advised to take extra precautions during episodes of extreme heat and humidity.

Signs of heat-related illness may include confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and headache. 

Here are steps to minimize heat-related illness:

Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must be outside, plan your activities during cooler parts of the day. Rest frequently in shady areas, and drink plenty of fluids (unless fluid is restricted by one’s physician). 

Never leave infants or young children in a parked car.  Dress them in cool, loose clothing, and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. Ensure infants and children are protected with sunscreen.

People over 65 years of age may not compensate for heat stress efficiently and are less likely to sense and respond to changes in temperature.  Stay in cool areas and use air conditioning. When the temperature is in the high thirties or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is more effective.

People who are overweight may be prone to heat sickness because of their tendency to retain more body heat. They should stay in cool areas and use air conditioning.

Any health condition that causes dehydration makes the body more susceptible to heat sickness. Consult your doctor if you feel signs of confusion, dizziness, nausea, muscle swelling, heart disturbances, and/or a headache.

For more information visit www.niagararegion.ca/living/health_wellness/inspection/highheat.aspx​​

A Brief Afterword Note from Niagara At Large – I don’t know what it says for the intelligence of our species to have to remind people, but please don’t leave children and pets locked in cars during high-temperature days.

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