Public Health Advisory for Aklavik Region, Fort Good Hope Region, Inuvik Region, Norman Wells – Tulita Region, and South Delta Region

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Advisories

Environment Canada issued a heat warning for the communities of Aklavik Region Fort Good Hope Region, Inuvik Region, Norman Wells – Tulita Region and South Delta Region (including Ft. McPherson and Tsiigehtchic). Temperatures will be reaching at least 29 degrees Celsius on July 2nd with high temperatures lasting at least a few days.

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/light weight 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:

Jeremy Bird

Manager, Communications

Department of Health and Social Service

Government of the Northwest Territories

Jeremy_Bird@gov.nt.ca

(867) 767-9052 ext 49034