FREDERICTON (GNB) – 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 and community response partners when a heat event is coming.

“With warmer temperatures on the rise as we entre the summer months, it is important that we inform New Brunswickers so they can take appropriate health precautions when necessary,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, chief medical officer of health.

The heat alert system has three levels based on factors that characterize an extreme heat event: intensity, duration and nighttime exposure. These levels were modified in 2018 to align with the latest health evidence and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s advisory system.

The regional Public Health offices monitor meteorological alerting provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada to determine when it is necessary to issue a heat alert.

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

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-coloured 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.

Heat alert advisories for the various cities and regions will be issued on the Department of Health Twitter account, @NBHealth, and the provincial government’s Facebook page.

More information about the Heat Alert and Response System is available online.