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The Ministry of Health and Wellness is reminding the public that excessive heat stress is harmful to health and potentially fatal.

Typically, heat-related illnesses can range from mild conditions such as a rash or cramps, to serious and potentially life-threatening conditions such as heatstroke.

To prevent illnesses associated with the heat, members of the public are encouraged to:

•             Hydrate with cool water, especially when it is hot and humid;

•             Drink more fluids, but limit or avoid sugar-sweetened drinks and beverages that contain alcohol;

•             Drink more water than normal before, during and after vigorous activities (at least 15 minutes before, and take fluid breaks at least every 15 minutes);

•             Exercise indoors where possible;

•             Drink more water than normal if one is exposed to heat for long periods (greater than two hours);

•             Avoid the sun during the middle of the day, such as by limiting, as much as possible, outdoor activities to mornings and evenings; and seeking out shade when outdoors; and

•             Wear lightweight, light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics.

Some persons are at greater risk of being affected by heat. Among the most vulnerable are the elderly, bedridden persons, as well as infants and children younger than six years of age, persons who are overweight and those with pre-existing medical conditions (including diabetes and hypertension).

Children should not be left in locked vehicles under any circumstances.

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