Advice for Extremely Hot Weather
Do not go in the heat
- Staying indoors, between midday – 3PM, is a great idea.
- Do not engage in exhausting outdoor activities such as gardening or sports. If doing these activities is a must, do them when it is cooler in the day.
- Prevent sunburn by using sun screen or sun block.
- Wearing a t-shirt or other loose fitting clothing to cover up is great practice.
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes and a hat for shade will further help.
- Drink at least eight glasses of water per day. Do not drink alcohol, coffee or tea since those drinks can further dehydrate you.
- Wet your face with cold water or take a cold bath/shower as a great way to cool down.
Make sure your environment stays cool
- Keeping electronics and unneeded lighting turned off is a great way to decrease the amount of heat.
- Evaporation helps to maintain cool air in a room, so keep bowls of water and plants indoors.
- Fans can help with the heat, but resort to them only when necessary.
- Stay in the coolest parts of the building.
- Close curtains and blinds to keep rooms cool and shaded.
Help out others with the heat
- Look out for ill, elderly, or very young people to make sure they are staying cool.
- Make sure that children, babies and elderly individuals are not left alone in parked cars.
- Regularly keep an eye open for elderly or sick neighbors, family and friends.
- Be ready to call a doctor or for help in case someone is not feeling well or if more help is needed.
Say you have a health condition
- Make sure all your medicines stay in the refrigerator below 25 degrees Celsius (refer to the instructions for storage on the medicine label).
- If you have a serious health condition or take various medications, always look for medical advice.
If you or someone else is not feeling well
- Do not hesitate to get help when feeling weak, dizzy, anxious, or are experiencing severe thirst or a headache.
- Go to a cooler place as soon as possible and check your body temperature.
- Rehydrate by drinking fruit juice and plenty of water.
- If you experience intense spasms of the muscles (especially on the stomach, arms, or legs after a long exercise during really hot weather), rest in a cool place and take rehydration drinks that have electrolytes.
- Get immediate medical attention if heat cramps persist for more than an hour.
- Call the doctor if you experience symptoms that are unusual or if those symptoms continue.