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Heat Alert Issued for Lambton County

This page was reviewed or revised on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 3:42 PM

Point Edward, ON - A HEAT ALERT has been issued by Lambton's Medical Officer of Health based on the latest forecast from Environment Canada that calls for humidex values of over 36 degrees combined with a special air quality statement during the afternoon hours.

The alert will remain in effect until conditions ease.

While heat affects everyone, the following groups are more vulnerable:

  • older adults
  • infants and young children
  • people with chronic illnesses
  • people working outdoors
  • low income earners and the homeless

People taking medication for a health condition should speak with their healthcare provider about increased health risks in extreme heat and follow their recommendations.

Heat-related illnesses can lead to long-term health problems or even death.

Heat exhaustion is a milder form of heat-related illness that may develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate replacement of fluids. Symptoms include heavy sweating, cool, moist skin, paleness and a fast, weak pulse. Fatigue, weakness, dizziness, and muscle cramps may also indicate heat exhaustion.

Heat stroke is very dangerous. It occurs when the body is unable to control its temperature, and core body temperature rises rapidly. Symptoms include complete or partial loss of consciousness or confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, high body temperature, red, hot and dry skin (no sweating) and a strong, rapid pulse. If someone has these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Lambton Public Health reminds everyone that heat-related illness is preventable:

  • Limit time outdoors between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Avoid direct sunlight and seek shade.
  • Drink lots of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with alcohol and caffeine.
  • Avoid moderate to intense physical activity. Reschedule or plan outdoor activities to a cooler time of the day.
  • When outside, wear light, loose clothes, wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Keep your house cool. Draw blinds, avoid using the oven and let cooler air in at night.
  • If you do not have air conditioning in your home, go to a mall, library or community centre, or visit a designated cooling centre location.
  • Check on children, seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals with chronic illness. Make sure they are cool and hydrated.
  • Never leave anyone, including pets, in a closed, parked vehicle. Pets need access to a cool place and fresh water.

Cooling Centre Locations

In addition to malls, libraries, recreation centres and similar facilities, the following air-conditioned locations are available for the public seeking relief from the heat.

Please note these locations are open during normal hours of operation only:

Brooke-Alvinston

Brooke-Alvinston Municipal Office
3236 River St., Alvinston
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

Dawn-Euphemia

Dawn-Euphemia Municipal Office
4591 Lambton Line, Rutherford
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

Petrolia

Oil Heritage District Community Centre
360 Tank St., Petrolia
Monday-Friday: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.

Lambton Shores

Forest - The Shores Recreation Centre
7883 Amtelecom Parkway, Forest
Every day: 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m.

Thedford - Legacy (Community Centre)
16 Allen St., Thedford
Every day: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Sarnia

West Lambton Community Health Centre
429 Exmouth St., Sarnia
Monday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

The Inn of the Good Shepherd
115 John St., Sarnia
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Closed weekends

Good Shepherd's Lodge
950 Confederation St., Sarnia
Every day: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

St. Clair Township

Moore Sports Complex
1166 Emily St., Mooretown
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Closed weekends

Please note these locations are not required to offer additional services. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Pets are not permitted.

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Please contact:
Matthew Butler
Public Health Inspector
County of Lambton
519-383-8331 x 3577
matthew.butler@county-lambton.on.ca