Extreme heat poses a major health risk to the public, especially vulnerable populations like older adults, young children, and the homeless, as well as those with chronic health conditions and those using certain medications.
Further to a federal, provincial and municipal Heat Alert and Response System (HARS) pilot project carried out in Fredericton and three other Canadian cities in the summer of 2010, the City of Fredericton and Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health for New Brunswick (Health Protection Branch) will continue to issue heat alerts for Fredericton this summer.
There are three levels to the heat alert. The levels are based on the Humidex value over a number of days. Alerts are issued accordingly. A variety of actions can be taken to reduce heat stress. Heat-related illnesses and deaths can be prevented.
This summer pay attention to the Weather Network, local media outlets, and this web site for heat alerts. For more on how the heat alert and response system works, and what you can do to stay cool, click on the various links under RELATED CONTENT.
Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms that are out of the ordinary: heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, faintness, fatigue, dizziness, headache or nausea.
If you suspect someone is suffering from a heat stroke, call 911 immediately. While waiting for transportation to a medical facility:
1. move them immediately to a cooler location;
2. cool them down quickly by giving them a cool shower or soaking them in cool water; and
3. encourage them to drink water.