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Where to keep your cool during extreme heat

The Civic Centre, public library and Mining Museum have been designated cooling centres
2018-06-25 Elliot Lake City Hall BS
Brent Sleightholm for ElliotLakeToday

With the extreme heat expected to reach about 31 degrees Celsius today, Elliot Lake has announced the opening of a cooling centre for residents not equipped with air conditioning units in their homes and apartments.

Environment Canada issued the heat warning again today with the humidex expected to hit around 37 degrees Celsius.

The Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre will be open to residents having difficulty dealing with the extreme heat.

“During the current heat wave, the city is waiving the admission fee to the Nuclear and Mining Museum and those seeking relief from the heat are welcome to remain in the lobby of the Lester B Pearson Civic Centre,” city CAO Dan Gagnon said this morning in a news release from city hall.

Gagnon also noted the public library is also air-conditioned and available for public use during regular business hours. The library hours run today from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“Residents are encouraged to check on any elderly neighbours and think ahead to stay cool,” the city news release stated.

Algoma Public Health has also issued tips for dealing with the extreme heat.

“Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke,” said Jon Bouma, program manager with Algoma Public Health. “Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include the very young, the old, the chronically ill and people who exercise or are involved in demanding work outdoors for prolonged periods.”

Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Remember to use common sense and follow these tips to beat the heat:
    •    Avoid going out in the sun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    •    If you are in the sun, wear a hat (wide-brimmed if possible)
    •    Wear sunscreen
    •    Wear loose, lightweight clothing
    •    Spend some time in air-conditioned places such as a shopping mall
    •    Take frequent cool showers or baths
    •    Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola
    •    Cook during the coolest times of the day
    •    Reschedule sport practices, exercising, etc.

“In addition, visit adults who are at higher risk of a heat illness at least twice a day. Infants and children also need frequent watching for signs of a heat-related illness,” the public health tips advise.

Mayor Dan Marchisella said the opening of the cooling centres are “an excellent initiative for our community” in preventing heat-related injuries.

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