Staying Safe During a Heatwave

Another Heatwave is Here

We all remember last year when we instantly melted when stepping outside into the beating sun. Although it is not supposed to reach quite as extreme temperatures this week, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Vancouver Island starting Monday, July 25. This heat wave is expected until Friday or Saturday, with the peak temperatures hitting from Wednesday to Friday.

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Here are three tips for staying cool and safe during these next few days of heat.

Get Cool Air Circulating Inside

Keeping the inside of your home cold is a great preventative against heat stroke because it gives you a place to escape the heat and helps your body cool down when it starts to overheat. A/C machines are a great way to get cool air pumping into your space. Another good way to circulate air in your home is using a circular fan to blow air around. If you can, block the sun from inside your home using either curtains, blinds, or window shades. Keeping direct sunlight out of your home will keep your space cooler.

Hydrate and Keep Your Body Cool

This one is a no-brainer; however, it always needs to be mentioned! Drinking cold water during a heat wave is a great way to stay hydrated and keep your internal body temperature regulated. Make sure to stock up your water cooler or keep extra water in the fridge so you always have cold water on hand. Another way you can save yourself from becoming dehydrated is to stay away from any drinks or foods that are high in caffeine or sodium.

To keep your body temperature down, it is best to wear loose, light clothing. Light colours are also best to wear, as dark-coloured clothing usually draws in more heat. Anything that is too thick or tight to your body can trap heat, increasing your internal temperature.

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Avoid Direct Sunlight During Peak Hours

According to Weather Canada, the hottest time of the day will be between late afternoon to early evening. It is advised to refrain from any strenuous activities performed outside during these times as heat exhaustion becomes a much higher risk. If you can, avoid outdoor activities and work during these times. If that is not possible, take regular breaks from being in the direct sun, always wear sunscreen, and make sure to drink a lot of water.

 

Heat Exhaustion Signs to Watch For

The best way to prevent heat stroke is to stay hydrated and to make sure you listen to your body. However, it is always a good idea to know what the signs of heat exhaustion are, so you can help either yourself or others if needed.

Some common signs of heat stroke are:

  • Swelling
  • Rashes
  • Cramps
  • Fainting
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Troubles breathing

Stay Safe and Cool!

Remember to enjoy the heat this week in moderation. Take regular breaks from being in the direct sun and stay hydrated. Always wear sunscreen and be mindful of burning. If you think you have gotten heat stroke – stay out of the sun, drink lots of water and lower your body temperature as much as possible.

Click here to read more about the weather warnings from Environment Canada.

We hope everyone enjoys the next few days of heat. Stay safe!