August 25,

Fifth Heat Warning of the Season  

August 8, 2016 – High Temperatures Expected August 9 to 12

Today Peterborough Public Health issued the fifth Heat Warning of the season.  The heat will arrive Tuesday August 9 and continue into the evening of Friday August 12.  Daytime temperatures are expected to be 31C or greater and minimum temperatures are expected to be near or above 22C providing very little overnight relief from the heat and humidity.  Humidex values will reach the upper 30s to low 40s each day during this heat event.

Peterborough Public Health recommends these tips for staying cool at home:

  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day
  • Make meals that don’t use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning
  • Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use
  • Use fans properly:
    • Place fans in or next to a window to bring in the cooler air from outside or
    • Place a bowl of ice in front of fans to cool air

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are not showing signs of heat-related illness.  Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Peterborough Public Health issues warnings for high heat or humidity that is expected to last two or more days.  Peterborough Public Health follows a provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events affecting Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the City and County of Peterborough.

Extreme heat is often accompanied by poor air quality.  Peterborough Public Health encourages you to monitor the Air Quality Health Index found as a link on the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change’s website www.airqualityontario.com and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

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For further information, please contact:

Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
705-743-1000, ext. 285

 

 

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Fourth Heat Warning of the Season Issued

August 2, 2016 – High Temperatures Expected August 4 & 5

Today Peterborough Public Health issued the fourth Heat Warning of the season.  The heat will arrive during the day Thursday, August 4 and is expected to last until late Friday evening, August 5.

Peterborough Public Health recommends these tips for staying cool at home:

  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day
  • Make meals that don’t use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning
  • Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use
  • Use fans properly:
    • Place fans in or next to a window to bring in the cooler air from outside or
    • Place a bowl of ice in front of fans to cool air

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are not showing signs of heat-related illness.  Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Peterborough Public Health issues warnings for high heat or humidity that is expected to last two or more days.  Peterborough Public Health follows a provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events affecting Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the City and County of Peterborough.

Extreme heat is often accompanied by poor air quality.  Peterborough Public Health encourages you to monitor the Air Quality Health Index found as a link on the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change’s website www.airqualityontario.com and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

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For further information, please contact:

Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
705-743-1000, ext. 285

 

 

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More Heat is On the Way

June 20, 2016 – Peterborough Public Health Issues Third Heat Warning

Today Peterborough Public Health issued the third Heat Warning of the season.  The heat will arrive during the day Thursday, July 21 with highs of 31°C to 33°C in most places.   Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 are also expected to be very warm, however, some areas could see some occasional relief due to the possibility of showers or thunderstorms.

Peterborough Public Health recommends these tips for staying cool at home:

  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day
  • Make meals that don’t use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning
  • Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use
  • Use fans properly:
    • Place fans in or next to a window to bring in the cooler air from outside or
    • Place a bowl of ice in front of fans to cool air

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are not showing signs of heat-related illness.  Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Peterborough Public Health issues warnings for high heat or humidity that is expected to last two or more days.  Peterborough Public Health follows a provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events affecting Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the City and County of Peterborough.

Extreme heat is often accompanied by poor air quality.  Peterborough Public Health encourages you to monitor the Air Quality Health Index found as a link on the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change’s website www.airqualityontario.com and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

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For further information, please contact:

Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
705-743-1000, ext. 285

 

 

 

 

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Smoking Prohibited in Outdoor Public Spaces for Everyone’s Health

July 14, 2016 – Peterborough Public Health Reminds Residents about Smoke-Free Laws

Peterborough Public Health is reminding residents and visitors that both the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and municipal smoking by laws restrict smoking in area parks, playgrounds, beaches and sports fields.

“These regulations protect people from outdoor exposure to second hand smoke, because even outdoors it is toxic,” said Donna Churipuy, Manager, Healthy Living Programs.  “In fact, there is no safe level of exposure to second hand smoke.”

She noted that Tobacco Enforcement Officers are conducting inspections of Peterborough’s parks, playgrounds and beaches (including Peterborough Musicfest events and ball diamonds) where smoking could result in a fine up to $305.

Churipuy said the good news is that the norms are changing as more people expect and want smoke-free outdoor spaces.  “Smoke‐free public spaces provide a supportive environment for people who wish to stop smoking, and many people see positive, smoke-free role-modelling as especially important for our youth,” she said.  According to one 2011 Ipsos Reid poll, 89% of Ontarian respondents indicated that they would support additional tobacco control measures such as prohibiting smoking in areas where children play.

“We know that 2/3 of Peterborough residents who smoke want to quit smoking in the next six months,” Churipuy added.

Help is available for those who want to quit smoking by calling Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

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For further information, please contact:
Donna Churipuy
Manager, Healthy Living Programs
705-743-1000, ext. 218

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Peterborough Public Health Issues the Second Heat Warning of the Season  

July 11, 2016 – Today Peterborough Public Health is issuing the second Heat Warning of the season.  The heat will arrive during the day Tuesday, July 12 with highs of 30°C to 33°C in most places. Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14 are also expected to be very warm, however, some areas could see some occasional relief due to the possibility of showers or thunderstorms.

People suffer heat-related illnesses when their body temperature quickly rises and they are unable to cool themselves. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. If you feel faint, find it hard to breathe, or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. In an emergency, call 911.

Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are alright.

Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty. This decreases your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

Peterborough Public Health issues warnings for high heat or humidity that is expected to last two or more days.  Peterborough Public Health follows a provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System for dealing with heat events affecting Curve Lake and Hiawatha First Nations, and the City and County of Peterborough.

Peterborough Public Health staff will monitor this system to determine when the Medical Officer of Health should declare a heat warning or extended heat warning.  This coordinated provincial system provides a consistent approach for processing and issuing heat warnings in Ontario.  It also provides evidence-based heat warning triggers which are founded on the association between temperature, humidex and mortality.

Extreme heat events are a potentially significant health risk and can have a severe impact on the health of vulnerable populations including infants, the elderly, shut-ins, persons with chronic diseases, the morbidly obese and the marginally housed.  Heat-related illnesses such as dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke are preventable.

Extreme heat is often accompanied by poor air quality.  Peterborough Public Health encourages you to monitor the Air Quality Health Index found as a link on the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change’s website www.airqualityontario.com and plan outdoor activities accordingly.

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For further information, please contact:
Wanda Tonus
Public Health Inspector
705-743-1000, ext. 285

 

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