June 30, 2015


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Paramedics warn public against heat-related illness

Winnipeg Fire Paramedics are reminding residents to watch for signs of heat-related illness during periods of high heat and humidity.

The Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service issued a statement urging the public to take proper precautions to avoid heat-related illness, which can include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Symptoms include extreme fatigue and weakness, nausea, vomiting, and fainting.

Children enjoy the water slides at Fun Mountain. Hot weather brings summer fun, but Winnipeg Fire Paramedics officials warn people to take precautions against and seek prompt treatment for heat-related illness.

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Children enjoy the water slides at Fun Mountain. Hot weather brings summer fun, but Winnipeg Fire Paramedics officials warn people to take precautions against and seek prompt treatment for heat-related illness. Photo Store

Heatstroke is an emergency, and anyone exhibiting symptoms such as seizures, extreme headache, flushed skin or a body temperature of 41 C or higher, should seek immediate medical attention.

Officials said residents should avoid going outside midday, wear loose light-coloured clothing and a hat, drink plenty of water and slow down or minimize physical exertion.

Fire Paramedic officials said people should not leave children or pets in vehicles, and be sure to check on seniors who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses.

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