Heatwave tips: how to keep your cool during extreme heat
Extreme summer heat can be more dangerous than you think
With summer heatwave warnings come the summer heatwave tips. Here are some of the best tips from around the internet.
- From CBC News: How hot weather affects your body
- CBC News (from 2012): 7 tips to stay cool in a heatwave
The Region of Waterloo advised that during extreme heat days, using a fan alone may not provide enough cooling to stay healthy.
Environment Canada, in its heat alert for Southern Ontario on Aug. 8 suggests:
- Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.
- Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
- Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.
- Prepare meals that don't need to be cooked in your oven.
The City of Toronto belongs to Ontario's provincial Harmonized Heat Warning and Information System. Among the heat alert suggestions from the City of Toronto: be aware of those who may be most susceptible to extreme heat:
- People with chronic and pre-existing illnesses.
- Infants and young children.
- People on certain medications.
- Those who are marginally housed or homeless.
Ontario's Perth County reminds us of low-tech and practical ways to keep as cool as possible:
- Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water.
- Wear loose fitting, light-coloured clothing made of breathable fabric.
- Take cool showers or baths until you feel refreshed.
- Block sun out by closing curtains or blinds during the day.
Many regions provide access to civic buildings with air conditioning, to help people escape the heat and humidity. Many allow pets on a leash, but you should check first just in case.