Top tips to keep cool in the heat

by | Jul 8, 2024 | Health and Wellness

Heat waves, with their hot temperatures and often high humidity, can harm your health and can even be deadly. To help you stay healthy, here are some tips from Health Canada.

Take a break

Plan your outdoor activities for the morning or evening when the temperature is usually a little bit cooler. If you find yourself in an overheated space, turn on an air conditioner if you have one, or relocate to a cooler location such as a basement, community centre or library.

If you have a window air conditioning unit, using it to cool one room will give you somewhere to go for relief. Using it to cool a larger space won’t be as efficient, and you may still need to seek relief elsewhere.

Avoid the oven

Even if your favourite meals are cooked in the oven, it’s best to swap them out during a heat wave. Your oven heats up your home, and your air conditioner may struggle to keep up. Consider preparing meals by using a microwave or going with cold meals like hearty salads or sandwiches instead.

Use your shade

The sun is a powerful heat source. Did you know that the air can be up to five degrees Celsius cooler in the shade of a tree compared to the surrounding area?

Many heat deaths occur indoors, too. To keep cool indoors, consider closing your curtains, blinds and shades during the day, and opening windows at night to let cooler air in.

Spot trouble

Watch for symptoms of heat illness, which include dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, extreme thirst and rapid breathing and heartbeat. If you experience any of these symptoms, immediately move to a cool place and hydrate. If someone has a high body temperature, has stopped sweating or is confused or unconscious, call 911 immediately because these are signs of heatstroke.

Find more information at canada.ca/health

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