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    How to Stay Safe During the Canadian Heat Wave

    How to Stay Safe During the Canadian Heat Wave

    August 21, 2018

    How to Stay Safe During the Canadian Heat Wave

    We have experienced one of the hottest summers in Canadian history this year. Temperatures have risen coast-to-coast, with 20s, 30s, and even 40s becoming the daily norm, even in coastal regions or areas that traditionally stay cool year-round. Calgary, for example, reached its alltime highest temp in recorded history of 36.4 degrees Celsius over the last weekend.

    According to a report by CTV News Canada, these record-breaking temperatures originated from a high-pressure system in Bermuda. Hot, humid air has traveled from the islands into the country and settled over Canada like an unwanted wooly blanket.

    The heat wave has been cited as the cause of at least 70 deaths in the last several weeks, many of which were elderly residents without air conditioning. Since this scorching heat is so uncommon for our part of the globe, we want to help everyone adapt to the rising temperatures. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during the Canadian heat wave.

    Stay informed.

    Pay attention to weather updates warning the public about extreme temperatures and use that information to help you plan your day.

    Stay hydrated.

    This is one of the most important ways to cool your body down. Drink water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol or foods that will make you feel dehydrated. If you have children or elderly relatives, make sure they are drinking plenty of water too.

    Dress for the heat.

    Wear loose-fitting, light-weight clothing in light colors. Dark colors will absorb heat from the sun’s rays and make you feel even hotter.

    Use fans.

    If your home does not have any central air conditioning to window AC units, turn on as many fans as possible. If you don’t have many ceiling fans, you can find inexpensive fans at the store or online.

    Keep the car running.

    Do not leave children, pets, elderly relatives, or anyone else sitting in a hot, enclosed car. As soon as you turn the car off, it can heat up well past the temperature of the outside air in less than 10 minutes. Bring little ones inside with you and leave the pets at home, or leave your car running.

    Avoid too much time outdoors.

    Postpone plans to work or play outdoors temporarily. If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks and drink more fluids than usual.

    Check on your neighbors.

    Check on family, friends, and neighbors to make sure they are ok. If you know any elderly residents living nearby, make sure they have a cooler place to go and plenty of water to drink.

    Know the signs of heat stroke.

    Signs and symptoms of heat stroke can include: red face, dry skin without sweat, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, confusion, convulsions, and unconsciousness. If you experience these symptoms or notice someone who seems to be suffering from heat stroke, call 911 immediately.

    We hope these tips for how to stay safe during the Canadian heat stroke help you.

    Be careful during this severe weather and remember not to exert yourself too much. For more information on how to stay safe and prevent heat stroke, visit the Canadian Red Cross website.