Tips to Stay Safe during a Heat Wave
Extreme heat conditions can cause a number of heat related illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Below are some tips from the Canadian Red Cross to help protect yourself and your family during a heat wave:

  • Ensure you wear sunscreen (SPF 15 or higher), as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol because they can cause dehydration, which stops your body from controlling its temperature properly.
  • If you have pets, check on them frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. If outdoors, ensure that they have plenty of water and shade.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day (typically between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.). Take frequent breaks if you work outdoors.

Monitor local forecast including humidex and check Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website/Twitter/Facebook for extreme heat warnings.
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