Preventing heat emergencies

Heat exhaustion, and heat strokes are medical emergencies to watch out for as the days become warmer and longer (yay!). These heat-related emergencies occur when the body becomes dehydrated, which may result in an increased body temperature.

Young children, the elderly, those with chronic illnesses and those taking certain medications can become ill in hot, humid weather faster than healthier adults.

Luckily, preventing these emergencies can be straight forward though!

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids — this is the most important step you can take.
  • Avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day.
  • Wear light coloured, loose clothing to let air circulate and heat escape
  • Apply sunscreen (with SPF 15 or higher) as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade, and take it easy on yourself!

Tips on recognizing the stages of heat emergencies, and treatment, can be found here.

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