HEAT WARNING FOR UNTIL AT LEAST AUGUST 20, 2022
Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the communities of Fort Providence Region (including Kakisa – Chan Lake), Fort Simpson Region (including Jean Marie River), North Slave Region (including Wekweètì, Whatì, and Behchokǫ̀), and Wrigley Region. Temperatures will be reaching near 30 degrees Celsius throughout the week for most areas with cooling trend expected by Saturday, August 20, 2022.
Exposure to extreme heat can result in heat-related illnesses including heat stroke. Symptoms of severe heat illness include: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; headaches; rapid breathing; extreme thirst and decreased urination. People at higher risk of adverse health impacts include young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with chronic illnesses or on certain medications, and those who spend large amounts of time outdoors.
You can reduce your heat exposure and risk of illness by wearing loose-fitting/lightweight clothing, staying hydrated, closing curtains and windows during the hottest hours, using air conditioners or fans, taking a cool shower or bath, visiting air-conditioned buildings, and scheduling outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day. Workers and their employers should develop plans to work safely.
People, especially children, and pets should never be left inside a parked vehicle during high temperatures.
During heat waves, residents, communities, and service providers should check in at least twice per day on those who are at highest risk of heat illness, especially the elderly and those who are homeless or socially isolated. Anyone feeling unwell due to the extreme heat should seek medical attention.
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For more information contact:
Department of Health and Social Service
Government of the Northwest Territories
(867) 767-9052 ext 49034