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Heat Warning Issued by Public Health

With the temperature forecasted to hover around 30 degrees this weekend, Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health wants to make sure you’re staying safe.

“Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps),” the health unit says.

Public Health says you need to look out dizziness, headaches or fainting as those could be symptoms of heat illness. They also suggest watching for nausea or vomiting, rapid breathing/heartbeat, extreme thirst and decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.

If you experience any of those symptoms, get to a cool place as soon as possible and drink water.

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Among the best ways to beat the heat are staying well hydrated by drinking before you feel thirsty or staying in an air-conditioned place.

They add that while everyone is at risk from when it comes to extreme heat, older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses like breathing difficulties or heart conditions, people who are working or exercising in the heat, homeless people, or people without access to air conditioning.

Public Health also says to never leave pets in a parked car or in direct sunlight.

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