Did you know…?
- Too much sun and heat exposure can lead to serious heat-related illnesses. It is possible to get sunburn on a cloudy day!
- Heat-related illnesses include heat stress, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms can range from painful muscle spasms to fainting, seizures, unconsciousness and even death.
- Anyone can experience heat stress. The health risks are greatest for those over the age of 65, infants and young children, people with chronic illness such as breathing or heart problems, those who work or exercise in the heat, and those who are overweight. Heat illnesses are preventable.
During Heat Waves:
- During heat waves, avoid being outdoors in the hottest part of the day (generally between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m during the summer).
- Drink fluids, especially water, before feeling thirsty.
- Eat a balanced diet and consider drinks that contain electrolytes to replenish your body.
- Slow down! Your body can’t function as well in high temperatures.
- Plan ahead and take drinking water with you when you travel.
- When out in the sun, wear light-coloured, loose fitting, breathable, and long-sleeved clothing, and a hat with a brim.
- Don’t leave children or animals unattended in the car, even for a few minutes.
- Remember to check on elderly family members, neighbours and friends to make sure they are comfortable and safe.
Sun Safety for Children
- Your child can sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. During a heat wave, limit outdoor activity to cooler morning and evening hours and never let infants or young children play or sleep in the sun in a playpen, stroller, or carriage.
- If out in the sun:
- Limit their exposure time as much as possible and apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher.
- Pay particular attention to the areas that are most exposed.
- Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going out in the sun and reapply every two hours.
- Don’t forget to put a wide-brimmed hat and UVA/UVB protected sunglasses on your child.
- Dress children in tight woven, light-weight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing, preferably in cotton to absorb sweat. Give small amounts of water frequently.
For more information on common symptoms and treatment of hot weather illnesses and summer safety, please visit:
- GetPrepared.ca – http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/sfttps/tp201207-eng.aspx
- Canadian Red Cross (July 31, 2012) – Summer first aid tips for fun in the sun: http://www.redcross.ca/who-we-are/red-cross-stories/2012/summer-first-aid-tips-for-fun-in-the-sun
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