FREDERICTON (GNB) – Extreme heat event surveillance started across the province this week. If needed, alerts will be issued through the Heat Alert and Response System to inform New Brunswickers when extreme heat is coming.

“As extreme heat events are becoming more frequent, it is important that we inform New Brunswickers so they can take appropriate precautions when necessary,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, acting chief medical officer of health.

The heat alert system has three levels based on the humidex value over a number of days.

  • Heat Alert – Level 1: humidex 35 - 39 for a day;
  • High Heat Alert – Level 2: humidex forecast 40 - 44 for one day or longer; and
  • Extreme Heat Alert – Level 3: humidex forecast greater than 45 for one day or longer.

Heat alert advisories for the various cities and regions will be issued on the Department of Health Twitter account, @NBHealth.

New Brunswickers are reminded to take the following actions to prevent heat stress during any level of heat alert:

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light colored clothing.
  • Keep the sun out with curtains or blinds.
  • Plan outdoor activities around cooler parts of the day.
  • Avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Never leave someone or a pet in your care inside a parked car.
  • Spend a few hours in a cool place or in an air-conditioned location (mall, library, church, shaded park or at a pool).
  • Frequently visit a vulnerable family member or neighbour to make sure they are coping well.
  • Avoid using the stove for cooking a meal.
  • Take cool showers or baths until refreshed. Use your air conditioner if you have one.
  • Make arrangements to spend time or sleep in a cooler place.
  • Sprinkle clothing with water.
  • Splash cool water on your face and back of neck.