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PRESS RELEASEWays To Beat The Heat
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The City of Barrie wishes to remind residents that high temperatures such as we are currently experiencing can be dangerous to your health and recommends that people take precautions.
Keep Out of the Heat
Try to plan your day in a way that allows you to stay out of the heat. If you must be outdoors during hot weather, try to limit your activity to morning and evening.
Stay in the Shade
If you must go out stay in the shade, wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and light, loose-fitting clothing.   City parks offer plenty of shade and a good opportunity to escape the harmful effects of direct exposure to the sun.
Stay Cool
Stay cool indoors, take cool showers often or wet your hands, face and the back of your neck. If you don't have air conditioning, spend part of the day in an air-conditioned place such as a shopping mall, library, community centre, cinema, or facility operated by agencies that support people in need, such as the Salvation Army.  As well, city beaches provide an excellent opportunity to cool off, but remember to guard against the effects of the sun.  
Drink Regularly
Drink plenty of water and natural fruit juices. Don't wait until you are thirsty to drink. If you will be outside for some time, drink plenty of water.
Seek Advice if You Have Any Concerns
Get help from a friend, relative or doctor if you are worried about your health during a heat wave. Check regularly on family, friends or neighbours who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses and who do not have air conditioning to see that they are all right.

Media Contact:
Tanya Thompson
Communications Advisor
The City of Barrie
(705) 739-4220 ext. 4529

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