Environment Canada issued a heat warning for most of southern Alberta. It says the week daytime temperature could exceed 32 degrees Celsius through Wednesday and possibly beyond.
Environment Canada says older adults, infants and young children, people with chronic illnesses, and people who work in the heat need to be careful. Here are the suggestions from Environment Canada to prevent heat illnesses:
- Drink plenty of liquids especially water before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
- Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
- If you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- 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.
- Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
For more information about the heat warning, please visit Environment Canada’s public weather alerts.