The town urges residents to stay cool during heat alert

Wednesday, July 20, 2011 – for immediate release

The town urges residents to stay cool during heat alert

Halton Region’s Health Department issued a heat alert today as a result of the high heat and humidex advisory from Environment Canada. In response to these alerts, the Town of Oakville is urging residents to take the necessary precautions by limiting outdoor activity and keeping cool.

“With the forecast for the week calling for high temperatures, residents are reminded to take extra precautions when outdoors,” said Nina deVaal, director of Recreation and Culture. “Our air-conditioned community centres, library branches and Town Hall offer a great way to stay cool or come enjoy one of our many pools and splash pads.”

The following is recommended during heat and smog alerts:

Drink lots of water (avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages)
Check regularly on children, neighbours, the elderly, and persons with disabilities and chronic illnesses
Stay in an air-conditioned place (if possible) and only go outdoors during the coolest part of the day
Limit outdoor exercise
Avoid the sun by wearing loose-fitting clothing, hat and sunglasses and apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before going outside

Parents with children attending town-run summer day camp programs are reminded to pack extra drinks and to freeze drinks the night before if possible. It is also a good idea to pack a change of clothes and towel daily, as the campers will get wet most days.

“During a heat wave, program plans will be modified slightly to reflect more passive games that require less physical exertion,” explained deVaal. “Staff will ensure games are played in as cool a space as possible, either inside the gym or in the shade.”

Recreation staff will also try to increase water games during the day. Where applicable, staff will be encouraged to utilize the nearby splash pads. All staff and campers will have regularly scheduled water/sunscreen breaks in an effort to keep hydrated and cool.

For more information about heat and smog alerts, visit the Halton website.

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For more information contact:

Nina deVaal
Director, Recreation and Culture
905-845-6601, ext. 3112
ndevaal@oakville.ca


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The town urges residents to stay cool during heat alert