A Heat Warning has been issued by both Environment Canada and KFL&A Public Health for Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, and Consecon today, Monday, Jun. 28, 2021.
Environment Canada issues heat warnings when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
The agency reminds us that extreme heat affects everyone, and that risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people working or exercising outdoors.
KFL&A Public Health recommends taking the following actions to stay cool:
- Drinking plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
- Avoiding direct sun exposure, for example, by sitting under a tree, wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, or using an umbrella.
- Taking a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place; take cool showers.
- Rescheduling strenuous outdoor activity or planning outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Blocking the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
- Never leaving people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
KFL&A Public Health also encourages people to telephone or virtually check on friends, and family members, especially those at higher risk, and those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
Kingstonist will update this article as more details become available.