Public Health Advisory for Kakisa, Enterprise, Fort Smith, Hay River, Jean-Marie River, Fort Simpson and Fort Providence Residents – Heat Warning

News Type: 

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the communities of Kakisa, Enterprise, Fort Smith, Hay River, Jean-Marie River, Fort Simpson and Fort Providence. Within the next day, temperatures will be reaching 29 degrees Celsius combined with overnight lows near 14 degrees Celsius. This heat wave is expected to occur for more than five days.

Exposure to extreme heat can result in heat-related illnesses such as heat-stroke. Symptoms 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 risk to extreme heat exposure by wearing loose-fitting light weight clothing, staying hydrated, closing curtains and windows during the hottest hours, using air conditioners or fans, and scheduling outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day.

Children, impaired adults or pets should never be left inside a parked vehicle during high temperatures.

If you or someone you are with is feeling dizzy or disoriented due to the extreme heat, please seek medical attention.

You can find additional information on the health effects of extreme heat:

For additional information on local weather conditions, visit:

For more information contact:

Damien Healy
Manager Communications
Health and Social Service
(867) 767-9052 ext 49034