The heat warning from this weekend is carrying over into today. We have a hot week ahead of us, with temperatures getting as high as 33 without the humidity tomorrow. Heat stroke can be a medical emergency. If you, or someone you know, has a high temperature, but stopped sweating, have slurred speech, or is unconscious, call 911 right away.
A Southern Ontario Health Unit gives some facts and tips to stay cool during a heat wave.
At the highest risk for heat stroke are:
· older adults;
· infants and young children;
· people with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions, or psychiatric illnesses;
· people who work in the heat;
· people who exercise in the heat;
· homeless people; and
· low-income earners.
Symptoms of heat stroke are:
· dizziness or fainting;
· nausea or vomiting;
· rapid breathing and heartbeat;
· extreme thirst; and
· decreased urination with unusually dark yellow urine.
Stay safe from heat stroke with these tips:
· Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
· Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
· Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day (e.g. early morning, late afternoon)
· Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
· Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
· 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.
· Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
· Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
· Block sun out by closing awnings, curtains or blinds during the day.
· Avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
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