This week will bring soaring temperatures to Durham Region. In fact, Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Toronto, GTA, Hamilton and Niagara.
Some tips for staying cool and safe during the heat wave:
-Try to stay inside and out of the heat. Basements are always cooler!
-Close all blinds facing the sun - this prevents a lot of heat from getting inside your house.
-Don't leave anyone in the car, including pets. Cars will heat up quickly, putting anyone left in the car in danger.
-Remember to wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing with breathable materials to help keep you cool.
-Check your air conditioner to be sure it is working properly. If your house is too hot, try to get a fan and face the air directly on you or spend a couple of hours in a place that is air-conditioned, such as a mall or a friend's house.
-Refrain from any physical activity, especially outside. Your body can overheat and cause health risks.
-Remember to hydrate by drinking plenty of water.
-Check on the well-being of the elderly. Extreme heat conditions can affect the health of anyone who has breathing difficulties or heart problems.
-Arrange for frequent visits with friends and family. It will be easier to identify signs of heat illness in person than over the phone.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency and is something to watch out for. Signs include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps and dizziness. If you are caring for someone who has heat stroke, call 911 immediately. While waiting for help try to cool the person down as much as possible by moving them to a cool place, apply cold water to large areas of their skin or clothing and fan them as much as possible.
For more information on staying safe during extreme heat conditions, visit the Health Canada website.
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