Head to any Burlington library branch if you want to beat the extreme heat

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Published May 30, 2022 at 12:31 pm

If you want to beat the heat, head to any Burlington Public Library location.

When a heat warning is issued by Halton Region, as it has been for today and tomorrow, May 30 and 31, local library branches automatically become cooling centres. They’ll even let you bring your pets inside to cool off with you.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions could pose a serious risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Halton Region wants to remind people that extreme heat affects everyone. Those especially at risk include:

  • Older adults
  • Infants and young children
  • Pregnant women
  • People who work or exercise in the heat
  • People without adequate housing or those without air conditioning
  • People who have chronic illnesses, breathing difficulties, heart or kidney problems, or take heat-sensitive medications

Here are some tips on how to take action and protect your health:

  • Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you’re thirsty
  • Avoid sun exposure – wear a wide-brimmed hat
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing
  • Take a break from the heat by going somewhere cool
  • Try to schedule strenuous jobs for a cooler part of the day
  • Use sunscreen

Never ignore symptoms. If you or someone you know experiences rapid breathing, weakness or fainting, headache, or confusion, seek shade, drink water, and get medical help right away.

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