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Extreme Heat

Many areas in Ontario have experienced unusual and prolonged periods of extreme heat within the last few years. Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable, yet people die due to extreme heat every year. Anyone can suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to compensate and properly cool. It’s important to be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death.

Are You at Risk?

During a heat wave, everyone is at risk, but some groups are more vulnerable than others. They include :

 Please see the Ministry of Labour’s Website for further advice

Health Risks of Extreme Heat : Know When to Get Help

Adverse health effects can occur as a direct result of exposure to excessive heat:

Increases in other health problems can also be seen, especially for those with other chronic medical conditions such as heart conditions.

Consult a healthcare provider or call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000 or TTY at 1-877-797-0007) if you experience any of the above symptoms.

Things You Can Do to Protect Yourself

Useful Heat-Related Links :

Ontario Public Health Unit Websites:

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Extreme Heat
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Extreme Heat
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