Stay cool and hydrated is important
July 26, 2019
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.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric and ensure you wear hats and sunglasses.
• Keep people and pets in your care out of parked vehicles and direct sunlight.
• Spend a few hours in a cool place – a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned building such as a shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
• Take cool showers or baths or visit one of Markham’s splash pads (see list below for details.)
• 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.
• Frequently visit friends, neighbours, and elderly family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure they are cool and hydrated.
• Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day or avoid outdoor activities if you have health concerns.