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Long weekend heat safety tips during the summer months

July 8, 2017 9:54 pmViews: 54

Long weekend heat safety tips during the summer months.

If you are planning a summer wedding and have guests driving in, here are some tips for a long weekend.

Long weekend heat safety tips for summer weddings or getaways.

Tips for planning your long weekend heat safety tips during summer activities.

One of the best parts of summer is spending three-day weekends going to a wedding, the cottage or a romantic getaway.

But Tuesdays often bring headlines of accidents or illnesses that could easily have been prevented by taking a few precautions. Here are some tips from to help prevent heat illnesses outdoors.

1. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Remember that by the time you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

2. Keep the cottage cool. Many cabins and cottages are not fitted with an air conditioning system. Therefore it is important to minimize the heat you create indoors. Block the light with awnings, curtains or blinds. And don’t use the oven for cooking during extreme heat events.

3. Check local weather and heat warnings. This can help you plan your daily activities and prepare for extreme heat events.

Long weekend safety heat tips to for a summer wedding and your guests.

4. Avoid sun exposure. Find cooler outdoor locations, such as a tree-shaded area or a spot under an umbrella. As these can be up to 5ºC cooler than the surrounding area. Wear loose-fitting, light-color clothing made of breathable fabric.

Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat or using an umbrella. If you know you will be out in the sun, wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. As sunburned skin is less effective at sweating, putting you at greater risk for heat illness. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun’s UV rays, but not from the heat.

5. Never leave children or pets inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight. When outside air temperature is 23oC, the temperature inside a vehicle can be extremely dangerous — more than 50oC.

6. Know the risks and what to do. Watch for signs of heat illness. This includes dizziness or fainting, nausea or vomiting, headache, unusually rapid breathing and heartbeat, and extreme thirst. If you experience any of these symptoms during extreme heat, immediately move to a cool place and drink liquids. Water is best.

Remember that heat stroke is an emergency, so call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. If you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating. While waiting for help, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool place, applying cold water to their skin and fanning them as much as possible.

Source: Health Canada.
(NC).

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