The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Extended heat warning terminated

WHITBY, ON August 14, 2016 - The Health Department is advising Durham Region residents that the extended heat warning issued August 10 is now terminated. The Health Department will continue to monitor information received from Environment Canada and will provide updates, as necessary, to area residents.

During the extended heat warning, the Health Department advised area residents to take precautions to prevent heat-related illness. While extreme heat can put everyone at risk from heat illnesses, health risks are greatest for older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses, people who work or who exercise in the heat, homeless people and low-income earners. Those who take medication or have a health condition should ask their doctor or pharmacist if these medications can increase their health risk in the heat and follow the appropriate recommendations.

To help avoid heat-related illnesses, residents are encouraged to take the following precautions to beat the heat and stay cool:

For news and updates from Environment Canada, visit weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on11. For more information about Durham Region Heat Warning and Information Systems (HWIS) or for additional tips on how to stay safe and what to do during extreme heat, please visit durham.ca/heat, or contact the Environmental Help Line at 1-888-777-9613 or 905-723-3818.

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Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Alicia Cowan - Health Department, email: health_mediainquiry@durham.ca

 

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