Heat Advisory Alert for Monday, August 17, 2015 

For Immediate Release
8/17/2015 
Contact: Brant County Health Unit 
Phone: 519-753-4937 

This alert ended on August 18, 2015.

The Medical Officer of Health for the Brant County Health Unit has called a Heat Advisory Alert effective August 17, 2015. One of two weather conditions is expected for the Brant County area:

  • Humidex is expected to reach 40ºC or higher.
  • Humidex is expected to reach 36ºC or higher with a Smog Alert.

This alert will remain in effect on a daily basis until a cancellation notice is issued.

High temperature will impair the cooling effect of sweating and may put certain people at risk for heat-related illness. People who are elderly, have chronic illnesses, mobility problems, or are taking certain medications, along with infants, pre-school children, and those exercising or working vigorously outdoors are at increased risk. Risk of heat related illness can be reduced by:

  • Drinking lots of water and staying in the shade if you must be outside.
  • Wearing a broad-rimmed hat and loose-fitting, light clothing.
  • Spending a few hours in places with air-conditioning such as shopping malls and public libraries.
  • Taking a cool bath/shower or cooling down with wet towels.
  • Avoiding heavy meals and avoid using your oven.
  • Keeping electric lights turned off, and keeping window coverings closed.
  • Avoiding moderate/intense physical activity.
  • Never leaving a child or pet in a parked car or sleeping outside in direct sunlight.
  • Using fans (Note: fans may not provide enough cooling in very high temperatures and humidity).
  • Consulting your doctor or pharmacist regarding side effects of your medications.

Rapid breathing, extreme tiredness, headaches, confusion, fainting, and weakness are signs of heat illness. Seek help right away – call 911 if needed.

Jeff Kowal, Manager
Environmental Health & Emergency Preparedness
Brant County Health Unit
519-753-4937, ext 238

Malcolm Lock, MD
Medical Officer of Health
Brant County Health Unit
519-753-4937, ext. 221

Brant County Health Unit
194 Terrace Hill Street,
Brantford, ON N3R 1G7
519-753-4937
www.bchu.org