After a cool start to the season, a mid-spring heat event has hit southern Ontario — and with it comes the warnings and reminders to be proactive to help beat the heat.
The risks are greater to young children, pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic illnesses. It is important to take care of yourself and those around you with these recommendations:
1) Limit Outdoor Time
Between 10 am and 4 pm, the sun is at its hottest and the high humidity levels in southern Ontario adds to the heat. Consider altering your plans and going out early in the morning or later in the evening. If you must go out, take frequent breaks and find shaded areas as much as possible.
2) Stay Hydrated
It’s important to drink plenty of cool liquids. It is highly recommended to drink water even before you feel dehydrated. Use a refillable water bottle or cup, and avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol, and those with high sugar.
3) Keep A Close Watch of Your Children
The young and the elderly are especially at risk when hot weather hits. Check in your senior neighbours and family to make sure they are keeping cool. Health Canada made this pamphlet (opens as a pdf) with more safety tips for children and important guidelines to follow.
As always, never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.