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MANITOBA HEALTH ISSUES HEAT ADVISORY – News Release June 17
With above normal temperatures expected across much of southern Manitoba beginning Saturday, June 18 and continuing over the weekend into early next week, Manitoba Health is advising that everyone is at risk of the effects of heat. People can die from prolonged heat exposure when their body temperature is above 40 C (105 F).
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Older people, people with chronic illnesses, and people living alone are at greater risk, especially if they live in an urban area or don’t have air conditioning. Manitobans are encouraged to regularly check in with vulnerable or isolated community members, friends and family who may be at risk. Others most at risk are infants and young children, and people who work or exercise in the heat.
All Manitobans can take action to prevent heat-related illnesses by:
- drink plenty of fluids, especially water, before you feel thirsty;
- avoid prolonged exposure to the sun;
- consider canceling outdoor activities or postponing them during the cooler hours of the day;
- if you work outside, take more breaks and stay well hydrated;
- wear loose, light-colored clothing and a wide-brimmed hat;
- limiting alcohol consumption;
- block the sun during the day at home by closing awnings, curtains or blinds;
- take a cool shower or bath; Where
- go to a cool place like a mall, community center, public library, or place of worship.
It is important to monitor symptoms in yourself and others. The following symptoms indicate that you or someone you are with may be overheating and at risk of heat illness. Move immediately to a cool place and drink water if these symptoms occur:
- red, hot, dry skin;
- weak and rapid pulse; Where
- total or partial loss of consciousness.
If you are with someone who is fainting, confused, or feeling dry and hot, call 911. It could be heatstroke, which is a medical emergency. While waiting for emergency medical help, cool the person immediately by moving them to a cool or shaded place, apply cold water to large areas of skin or clothing, and ventilate the person as much as possible.
People should continue to take their prescribed medications, but it is important to be aware that some medications can increase the risk of heat-related illnesses. Using other substances like amphetamines, alcohol, or cannabis can also increase your risk. People or pets should never be left alone in a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
Any additional updates from the province on heat-related illnesses and prevention will be shared from the @MBGov Twitter channel throughout the summer. Updated weather forecasts are available from Environment and Climate Change Canada at https://weather.gc.ca/canada_e.html.
For more information on heat and health, call Health Links–Info Santé at 204-788-8200 or (toll-free) 1-888-315-9257 or visit the following links: