By now you’re aware it is HOT… in fact, it is going to get even HOTTER over the next few days.
So how do you survive this kind of extreme heat when you are not accustomed to it?
According to Manitoba Health, the kind of heat we are experiencing can quickly lead to heat illness or even heat stroke. If a person’s body temperature stays above 40 C (105 F) for prolonged periods permanent health effects or even death can occur.
Heat illness is preventable and the best thing you can do is stay cool and hydrated.
• drinking plenty of liquids, especially water, before feeling thirsty;
• wearing loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing and a wide-brimmed hat;
• planning outdoor activities during cooler times of the day;
• limiting alcohol consumption;
• avoiding sun exposure and cancelling or rescheduling outdoor activities;
• going to a cool place such as a mall, community centre, public library or place of worship;
• taking a cool shower or bath; and
• blocking the sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
The City of Winnipeg is also concerned about the heat wave and reminds residents that they can cool off in city facilities that are normally open on weekends like Leisure Centres and Libraries. There are also a number of Spray Pads and Swimming pools throughout the city that can also help you stay cool.
Staying cool and hydrated are the obvious things you can do to avoid heat-related illness but like any kind of weather, it is always a good idea to plan before venturing outside.
Environment Canada offers some advice on how to plan for the heat
- check local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
- Arrange for regular visits by family members, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need help. Visitors can help identify signs of heat illness that could be missed over the phone.
- Find ways to keep cool before the hot weather starts. If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly. If you have ceiling fans or other fans they can help as long as the humidity isn’t high. Find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours on very hot days. This will help you cope with the heat.
- Have cool drinks in your vehicle and keep your gas tank topped up.
If you do venture out it is important to watch for symptoms of heat-related illness in those around you such as:
- dizziness or fainting
- nausea or vomiting
- rapid breathing and heartbeat
- extreme thirst (dry mouth or sticky saliva)
- decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine
- changes of behaviour in children (like sleepiness or temper tantrums)
Just like humans pets also suffer from the effects of extreme heat and it is important to ensure your four-footed friend is also kept safe.
So if you aren’t going to spend the weekend inside binge-watching your favourite tv series or movie franchise remember to stay hydrated (500 ml water per hour or more), Stay cool (heat illness can hit you quickly), Lookout for those around you, including your pets.
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