The City of North Battleford is under a heat warning, with temperatures expected to reach the mid 30’s today and the high 30’s on Friday. The City of North Battleford Fire Department is urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves, family, friends and neighbours over the next few days. Added to the heat warning is reduced air quality due to the smoky conditions caused by the wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.
Smoky conditions are expected to impact the Province today, Friday and possibly into the weekend. The reduced air quality may cause coughing, throat irritation, headache and shortness of breath. Avoid spending time outside and find indoor spaces with clean air and good ventilation during this time.
“It is important that people know if they are at increased risk because of high heat, that they keep hydrated and even modify their activities.” Fire Chief Trevor Brice advised and added, “We are asking if you could keep tabs on friends and neighbours who might be at elevated risk, during this period of high heat.”
The North Battleford Fire Department suggests residents take the following precautions:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, before you feel thirsty
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as they will dehydrate you
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
- Consider rescheduling activities to cooler hours of the day
- Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle, for any length of time
Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which includes:
- Dizziness or fainting
- Nausea or vomiting
- Unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat
- Extreme thirst
If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Increased observation is urged for vulnerable people, including children, seniors, those with mental health conditions, people with pre-existing lung, heart, kidney, nervous system or diabetic conditions, outdoor workers as well as those who are socially isolated.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency, call 911 immediately if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious or confused. While waiting for help cool the person right away by moving them out of the heat and to a cool place if possible, applying cold water to large areas of the skin or clothing and fanning the person as much as possible.
“The City of North Battleford Fire Department is thankful for residents checking in and caring for others who are at elevated risk of heat and smoke exposure.” expressed Fire Chief Brice.
Please call the Saskatchewan HealthLine at 811 for advice on health risks, symptoms and precautions associated with heat or smoke.
Keep up-to-date with emergency alerts by visiting http://emergencyalert.saskatchewan.ca/ or downloading the app in the iOS or Android store by searching “SaskAlert”.
This news release was completed using files from Health Canada.
For more information:
Trevor Brice, Fire Chief / Director of Protective Services
306-445-1778 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dustin Tungilik MacDonald, Acting Communication Coordinator
306-445-1713 | email@example.com