Staying Safe in Extreme Heat!

Michelle Mak Community, Newcomer Information

This week in Calgary, the weather is very hot. Summers in Calgary are getting increasingly hotter and drier. Extreme heat can put your health at risk, causing illnesses like heat stroke and even death. Here are some tips on how to stay safe during extreme heat:

  • Drink lots of water even when you are not thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration.
  • Have cool drinks in your vehicle and keep your gas tank topped up.
  • Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle especially in direct sunlight.
  • You can keep your home cool by closing curtains and blinds during the day.
    • If you have an air conditioner, make sure it is working properly.
    • If you have fans, they can help in low humidity.
    • Open windows overnight (if safe) to cool your home and close them during the day.
    • Avoid using your oven if possible, as it will heat up your home.
  • Avoid working or exercising intensely in the heat or humidity.
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • Dress for the weather by wearing loose fitting clothes, a brimmed hat and UVA and UVB protected sunglasses.
  • If your home is too hot and uncomfortable, take cool showers or baths
  • Tune in regularly to local weather forecasts so you know when to take extra care
  • Check up on your family or friends who are alone and do not have air conditioning.
  • Hydrate and protect yourself and your family from heat‐related illness.

If you do have a heat stroke, please call 9-1-1! Move immediately to a cool place and drink water if you experience any of these symptoms during hot weather:

  • dizziness
  • fainting
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headache
  • rapid heartbeat or breathing
  • dehydration

Some ideas to prepare your home for the next extreme heat season are:

  • Adding drapes or shades to windows
  • Replacing or upgrading weather stripping around doors and windows
  • Adding insulation to keep the heat out
  • Installing an attic fan to clear hot air
  • Installing air conditioners

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