July 3, 2018 6:53 pm
Updated: July 4, 2018 9:26 am

Emergency response crews urge the public to prepare for the summer heat

Eastern Ontario has been hit with high temperatures that are causing many heat related illnesses.

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The first eastern Ontario heat wave of 2018 has many emergency response personnel caring for people with heat inflicted illnesses.

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Kingston General Hospital says over the Canada Day long weekend they had thirteen people admitted due to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, and say lack of hydration and or experiencing direct sunlight for an extended period of time, are not the only factors that lead to heat illness.

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“People who are very young or very old they are affected the most along with those who are on certain medications, such as diarrhetic medications that make you go to the bathroom and lose fluid,” said¬†Carol McIntosh, Director of ambulatory clinics and emergency care at KGH.

The Frontenac Paramedic services have also been impacted by the heat wave and say the ways to ensure your health is by having a water bottle with you at all times during the summer months, along with proper clothing, and minimum physical activity.

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According to Health Canada, to keep your body properly hydrated you need to drink at least 2 to 3-litres of water per day.

The heat warning for eastern Ontario is expected to be lifted by Thursday (July 5th) and weekend temperatures will hover around the mid-twenties. 

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