Heat Exhaustion Safety
Bright summer days bring hot and humid temperatures, so we encourage everyone to take precautions. Further information can be found on the Government of Canada website.
Heat Illnesses are preventable
- Wear sunscreen and appropriate clothing.
- Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air conditioned spot such as a public building, shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library. Schedule your outdoor activities carefully and try to keep them limited to early mornings and evening hours when it is cooler.
- Drink plenty of cool fluids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration. Stay away from sugar and alcohol drinks--these cause you to lose more body fluid.
- Frequently visit neighbours, friends, and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to ensure they are cool and hydrated. Infants, young children and other high-risk individuals need frequent watching.
- Keep your pets hydrated and in a shady area.