NewsHealth unit urging high heat caution SHARE ON: James Wood, contributor, Friday, Jul. 5th, 2019 The late evening sun is shown on July 4th in Huntsville. Photo by James Wood/MyMuskokaNow.com staffMUSKOKA, ON- The temperature is staying up this weekend.With high heat and humidity continuing over the next few days, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is reminding people to put some precautions in place to protect their health.Infants and young children, people 65 years and older, people with chronic lung conditions and those on certain medications are the most vulnerable to heat-related illness. Try these measures to keep you and your family healthy during a heat wave:Be sure to drink plenty of fluids (non-caffeinated). Don’t wait until you feel thirsty – that’s a sign that your body is already becoming dehydratedStay cool indoors and if possible, seek out an air-conditioned placeIf you must be outside, stay in the shade and make sure you wear and reapply sunscreen, a broad-brimmed hat, sunglasses and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothingElectric fans provide comfort by increasing evaporation; however, when the conditions are extreme, fans will not prevent heat-related illnessKeep physical activity to a minimumDraw blinds/curtains to prevent radiant heat from entering homes.The initial signs of heat exhaustion include feeling hot, uncomfortable or lethargic and experiencing a loss of appetite. If symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, throbbing headache, chest pain, dry skin (no sweating), problem breathing and/or confusion develop, you should seek medical attention.More information about coping with extreme heat can be found on the health unit’s website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or by calling call Health Connection, at 721-7520 (1-877-721-7520) Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.