Most of North America is stuck in a Heat Wave. When I referenced Environment Canada’s website I learned that the Deadliest Heat Wave in Canada’s history was July 5 – 17, 1946 when the temperature exceeded 44°C in Manitoba and Ontario. At that time, 1,180 Canadians lost their lives as a direct result of the heat wave.
It is said that it was so hot that fruit baked while it was still on the trees.
I used to live in the warmest city in Alberta. We were used to heat. We learned how to cope when temperatures hit 40°C. If you are cooking from this heat wave like we are, here are 7 things to do to protect yourself in a heat wave.
1. Stay indoors as much as possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, go to the coolest part of the house (usually the basement).
2. Stay out of the sun. Besides sunburn, the sun will cause dehydration.
3. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don’t feel like it. Dehydration can occur quickly. Water is a good choice.
4. Wear proper clothing. Hats are a must. Cover your skin with light, loose fitting clothing.
5. Avoid strenuous activity. Take frequent breaks when working outside.
6. Never leave a child or animal in a closed vehicle. Temperature can skyrocket in minutes.
7. Watch for signs of Heat Exhaustion including flushed skin, headache, nausea, dizziness, or exhaustion. If not attended to, the person is at risk of Heat Stroke, which is life-threatening.
For more information on what to do in a heat wave, please visit http://www.disastercenter.com/guide/heat.html.
What do you do to cool off?