How to avoid suffering heat-related illnesses
June 13, 2020
Global Korean Post
It is important to take precautions to avoid suffering heat-related illnesses.
Markham recommends the following based on Health Canada guidelines:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, to decrease your risk of dehydration.
- Frequently call to check in with friends, neighbours, and elderly family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
- Because of the early season, many condominiums may not currently have active air conditioning. It is important to call and check in on friends, family members, and neighbours who may be living in a building without air conditioning. It is especially important if they are elderly.
- Keep people and pets in your care out of parked vehicles and direct sunlight.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric and ensure you wear hats and sunglasses.
- Spend a few hours in a cool place while practicing physical distancing, such as a tree-shaded area.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.
- Block sunlight by opening awnings, and closing curtains and blinds during the day.
- Avoid sun exposure—shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella.
- If you are taking medication or have an existing health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if heat exposure increases your health risk and follow their advice.
- If you have an air conditioner with a thermostat, keep it set to somewhere between 22ºC (72ºF) and 26ºC (79ºF), which will reduce your energy costs and provide you with needed relief.
- If you have a window air conditioner, cool only one room where you can go for heat relief.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day or avoid outdoor activities if you have health concerns.