With high temperatures and humidity in the forecast, Nova Scotians are reminded to keep an eye on the weather to protect themselves from heat-related illness this summer. Infants, pre-schoolers, adults 65 and older, and people with chronic conditions such as lung or heart problems may become sick due to high heat and humidity. Dr. Richard Gould, a medical officer of health in Nova Scotia, reminds Nova Scotians to adjust their daily activities if it is going to get too hot. “We should all pay attention to weather conditions and take reasonable precautions to protect ourselves from high temperatures,” said Dr. Gould. “If you’re going to be outdoors on a hot, humid day, especially if you are doing vigorous activities or are vulnerable to the effects of hot weather, make sure you have plenty of water and rest breaks.” When the humidex exceeds 40, extra caution and rescheduling vigorous activity to a cooler time of the day should be strongly considered. The humidex tells how hot it feels for the average person. It combines temperature and humidity. Symptoms of heat-related illness can include: If you do not have access to a cool place at home, or work, you should take advantage of air conditioned places like shopping malls, libraries, or community centres. Cooling off in a pool or area close to the ocean may also provide relief. For more heat safety tips visit www.novascotia.ca/dhw. To find the humidex level in your community, visit www.weatheroffice.gc.ca. In cases of extreme temperatures, a fan may not provide enough cooling. Family pets may also be affected by high temperatures. They should have plenty of water available, and be kept in well- ventilated areas. People with underlying health issues may see their symptoms worsen. If you are experiencing heat-related illness symptoms, call 8-1-1 to speak with a nurse. In an emergency situation, call 9-1-1. To beat the heat, health officials recommend that you: stay in shaded, or cool air-conditioned areas drink plenty of water wear light-coloured clothing take breaks often if you’re exercising or working outside do not leave children, infants or pets unattended in vehicles. heat cramps such as muscle spasms fainting or near fainting heat exhaustion, which may include fatigue, weakness, reduced energy, headache, and nausea heat stroke, that may create confusion, disorientation, loss of consciousness or seizures.