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Summer is finally here, and that means it’s time to get prepared for hot and humid weather:

  • Monitor local forecasts
  • Check Public Weather Alerts for your area
  • If you provide care for seniors or children, make monitoring these alerts part of your daily routine
  • Have a plan for extreme heat: for example, plan breaks to spend a few hours in a cool place (like a shaded area or air-conditioned shopping mall, grocery store, community centre, place of worship, or public library)
  • Check on elderly family, friends, and neighbours

New heat warnings from Environment Canada

  • Environment Canada will issue a “heat warning” when the temperature will feel like 40 degrees Celsius or hotter.
  • Public Health may issue a “severe heat warning” when:

    • Environment Canada forecasts a heat warning will last four days or longer
    • Humidex values will climb into the high 40s

Who is most at risk during hot weather?

  • Seniors
  • Children
  • Individuals with chronic illnesses

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This summer it’s easier than ever to find out which beaches are safe for swimming. Follow @WDGBeachTesting or visit our Beaches web page to see the latest testing results. Updates will be posted every Wednesday and Friday afternoon by 4:30 p.m. until Labour Day weekend.

Public Health tests the following beaches in Wellington and Dufferin counties and the city of Guelph: 

  • Belwood Quarry
  • Elora Quarry
  • Guelph Lake (Main Beach and Pit)
  • Lake Conestogo (Mapleton)
  • Orangeville – Island Lake Park
  • Orangeville – Monora Park
  • Puslinch – Emerald Lake
  • Rockwood Conservation

More information:

You may have heard about recently publicized results of radon testing carried out across Canada. Diagram of how radon gets into your house

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into your home from soil, rock, and groundwater. It’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The only way to know if the level of radon in your home is at a dangerous level is to test. Each home is different. If your neighbours have high (or low) radon levels, it doesn’t mean your home will be the same.

The best time to test is during the colder months, when windows are shut.

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Ontario is protecting young people from skin cancer. Starting May 1, 2014, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act prohibits youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. It also includes new rules about:

  • Marketing to youth
  • Signage requirements
  • Proof of age identification
  • Protective eyewear
  • Tanning without an attendant

Public Health will enforce these new rules. If you have a concern about a tanning service location, call us at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.

Learn about the negative health effects of tanning beds.