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Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services advises residents to take precautions in the heat

July 5, 2016 - With the prediction of hot and humid weather for the remainder of this week, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services advises residents to take precautions to stay safe.

“The elderly, very young and people with chronic illnesses are at higher risk of heat-related illness,” advises Keith Kirkpatrick, Chief-Paramedic Services, for Kawartha Lakes. “However, even healthy people can be affected if they participate in strenuous activities and do not take precautions. In high temperatures and humidity, your body may not be able to cool properly which can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.”

The Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service is advising residents to drink plenty of fluids, never leave any person or pet in a parked vehicle, and to seek out cool or air conditioned spaces, such as shopping malls, arenas or other public areas to escape the heat.

If you notice any of the following symptoms, please respond as suggested by the Paramedics.

Heat Exhaustion

Heat exhaustion is a less serious condition than heat stroke. Symptoms can include:

  • Normal or only slightly elevated body temperature
  • Cool, moist (clammy), pale skin
  • Sweating (sometimes heavily)

To respond to heat exhaustion:

  • Move into the shade or an air-conditioned space.
  • Loosen clothing or remove as much clothing as possible.
  • Drink cool water or non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages like sports drinks to help restore electrolyte balance.
  • Seek emergency treatment or call 911 if attempts to decrease body temperature fail or if you experience chest pain, abdominal pain, persistent vomiting so that you can't keep down fluids, or if you develop any of the symptoms of heat stroke (see below).

Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is an emergency situation in which the body loses its ability to cool itself. The internal body temperature rises to extremes, sometimes as high as 106 degrees F. Heat stroke can result in death if not treated promptly. Symptoms include:

  • Very high body temperature, usually over 104 degrees F
  • No sweating
  • Hot, dry, red skin

To respond to heat stroke, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room.

For more tips on how to stay safe in the heat, visit the Paramedic Services section on the City’s website or follow  this link: http://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/emergency-services/paramedic-service/public-education/public-announcement-re-heat-emergencies

For more information on heat-related illness visit the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit website www.hkpr.on.ca.

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For more information please contact:

On duty superintendent
Paramedics Services
866-856-3248
emsadmin@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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