Special weather statement because of high heat in Lambton


From Lambton Public Health

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for Lambton County today, Tuesday, May 21, due to hot and humid weather present in the region.
The Special Weather Statement is issued when there are episodes of high heat early in the warm
season for significant portions of the province, but do not meet the heat warning criteria and is
expected to remain in effect until Wednesday, May 22.
“Conditions do not meet heat warning criteria but could pose health risks, particularly to those
vulnerable to the heat who are not yet acclimatized to the warmer weather,” said Dr. Dueck, Medical
Officer of Health. “Heat-related illnesses are a high risk for the elderly, children, and those with
chronic illnesses.”
Symptoms of heat-related illness may include rapid breathing, dizziness or fainting, vomiting, rapid
heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination that is unusually dark yellow in colour. If you are
experiencing these symptoms, please move to a shaded or air-conditioned area, drink plenty of fluids,
and rest. If symptoms persist, please contact your healthcare provider, a family member, or friend.
Heat strokes are considered a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately if you are caring for
someone who has a high body temperature, is unconscious, confused, or has stopped sweating.
Friends, family, and neighbors are encouraged to check on those who may be vulnerable.
Heat-related illness is preventable:

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water.

Avoid strenuous activities between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when the sun’s rays are
strongest. Re-schedule outdoor activities to a cooler time of day.

Avoid going out in the sun, if possible. If you are outdoors, seek shade and wear sunscreen,
Wear lightweight, loose fitting clothing and sunglasses.

If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your healthcare provider if the
heat increases your risk, and follow their recommendations.

Call elderly family members, neighbors, persons with disabilities, and persons with chronic
illnesses daily to make sure they are keeping cool and hydrated.

Take cool showers or baths, or use cool, wet towels on your face, neck, or arms.

The use of a fan alone may not provide enough relief from the heat indoors. Avoid heavy
meals and using your oven. Keep curtains closed to block the sun during the day.

Never leave anyone (including pets) in a parked car. Pets need a cool location and fresh