Hamilton is again under a Heat Advisory.
The Medical Officer of Health says the weather can increase the risk of heat-related illness.
People at greatest risk are the elderly and those with chronic illnesses, mobility problems and those taking certain medications.
Infants, pre-school children, and people exercising or working vigorously outdoors are also in danger of heat exhaustion if they are outside for a prolonged period of time.
Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin; weak pulse, fainting and vomiting.
You can reduce your risk of heat-related illness by following these recommendations:
-Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages on hot days.
-Go to an air-conditioned place. Visit a cool place such as a mall, public recreation centres, public libraries, and other City run air-conditioned facilities, etc.
-Dress to protect from the heat. Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light coloured clothing. Wear a hat or take an umbrella to keep your head cool and don’t forget sunscreen.
-Take it easy. Limit physical activities (walking, running, gardening, etc.) during the day. If rescheduling activities to dawn or dusk when it may be cooler, protect yourself with insect repellent as mosquitoes are more active at such times. Check labels to apply.
-Cool off. Take a cool bath or shower.
-Keep your living space cool. Close your blinds or curtains. Open windows to let air circulate when using a fan.
-Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles. Temperatures in a car can become life threatening within minutes.
-Check on your neighbours and family.
For tips on coping with the heat and places where to cool off, the public can contact 905-546-CITY (2489) Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or CLICK HERE.