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Medical Officer of Health issues a heat alert

Extreme heat can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even death.

Ottawa's Medical Officer of Health has issued a heat alert for Saturday through to Tuesday.

“Heat is hardest on the elderly and chronically ill. If they
have no protection from the heat, such as access to air conditioning
and plenty of fluids, they can develop serious health effects and even
die,” says Dr. Isra Levy, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health.

Protection
from the heat includes drinking plenty of fluids, having access to air
conditioning for at least two hours a day, wearing light-coloured
clothing, including a hat, and cooling down in the shade or in a pool.

Risk
factors for heat-related illness include living on the third floor or
higher, not having air conditioning, not drinking enough or drinking
fluids that promote dehydration, such as coffee, caffeinated soft
drinks, and alcohol.

Medications such as anti-Parkinson’s drugs and
anti-depressants can also make individuals more vulnerable to heat.

Ottawa Public Health encourages people to check on those
who might need help accessing air conditioning, such as the elderly and
chronically ill, especially those who live in high-rise buildings.

Everyone is encouraged to drink plenty of water, stay out of the sun
and find a cool place to spend the day. Information is available by
calling the City Call Centre at 3-1-1 or 613-580-2400 or ottawa.ca/health.

 
 
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