The media continues to report on the heat in the south, power outages in the north, and now heat advisories in Canada. As the temperature rapidly reaches 100 degrees, it’s important to prepare for dangerous heat related illnesses such as heat stroke, especially if you spend a significant amount of time outdoors.
- Drink lots of cool water
- Go to air conditioned places, such as shopping malls
- Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down
- Wear loose, light colored, breathable clothing
- Avoid the sun and stay in the shade
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day
- Never leave seniors, children or pets unattended in a car
Additionally, if you’re experiencing power outages be sure to close your blinds and curtains during the day to block the sun’s heat. At night, open selective windows so that cooler air is blowing in throughout the evening.
How are you beating the heat this summer?