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Tips for surviving a heat wave

9 August 2020
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Tips for surviving a heat wave

Tips for surviving a heat wave

We all love to enjoy the many pleasures that our short summers have to offer. However, a heat wave that stretches can make us dream of winter. To be comfortable and cool this summer, follow these tips offered by Health Canada. Tips for surviving a heat wave.


Learn about heat-related illnesses

Very high temperatures can be dangerous and cause heat discomfort such as heat exhaustion, fainting, heat rash and muscle cramps. Heat discomfort can affect you quickly and is mostly caused by overexposure to heat or excessive physical exertion. Watch your local forecast and weather alerts to prepare for the harshest weather conditions.





Know the risks

You are at greater risk of developing heat-related discomfort if you have certain conditions, such as respiratory disease, heart problems, mental illness such as depression or dementia, or if you take certain medications. If you are taking medication or have a health problem, ask your doctor or pharmacist if heat is a health risk and follow their recommendations.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to reduce the risk of dehydration. Leave a glass by the sink to remind yourself to drink water and eat more fruits and vegetables that have lots of water.



Stay cool

Wear loose, light-colored clothing made from breathable fabrics. Cook light meals that don’t need to be baked, and close awnings, curtains, or blinds to block out the sun during the day.

Pay attention to how you feel

Watch for symptoms of heat discomfort such as dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, and headache. If you or anyone around you experiences any of these symptoms, go immediately to a cool place and drink a cold drink, preferably water.

Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 911 or your local emergency number right away if you are caring for someone with very high body temperature who is either unconscious, confused, or no longer sweating.




Rest and recover

If it’s very hot in your home, spend a few hours in a cool place, such as a shaded place, an outdoor pool, or a public air-conditioned place. Take a cool shower or bath until you feel refreshed. Use a fan to cool yourself down and make sure to direct the air outlet towards you.

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