As we approach the first warm weekend of the year, being prepared to deal with warmer than seasonal temperature is essential. Here are some tips to beat the heat and safely enjoy the days ahead!
- Drink lots of water. Don’t wait until you are thirsty.
- If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask about increasing the amount of water you can drink while the weather is hot.
- Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car. Temperatures can rise to 52°C (125°F) within 20 minutes in an enclosed vehicle when the outside temperature is 34°C (93°F). Leaving the car windows slightly open or “cracked” will not keep the inside of the vehicle at a safe temperature.
- Seek out an air-conditioned facility (shopping centre, library, community centre or restaurant).
- Use public splash pools, water parks or pools or take a cool bath or shower.
- At extremely high temperatures, fans alone are not effective. Applying cool water mist or wet towels is a quick way to cool off.
- Wear loose, light-weight clothing. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- At home: open windows, close shades, use an air conditioner (if you have one) and prepare meals that do not require an oven.
- Avoid sunburn: stay in the shade and use sunscreen with SPF 15 or more.
Check-in on others
- People living alone are at high risk of severe heat-related illness. Check regularly on older people, and those who are unable to leave their homes, for signs of heat-related illness.
- Ask whether people know how to prevent heat-related illness and are doing the same.
- If others are unwell, move them to a cool shady spot, help them get hydrated and call for medical assistance if appropriate.
- Listen to local news and weather channels
- For more information on heat-related illness, call HealthLink BC at 811
For more information and tips, visit the BC Government Website here
Don’t forget to support the Cloverdale Rodeo May 19th – 22nd and come check us out in the Parade!
Or visit our family friendly craft table on May 27th at Cloverdale Market Days where you can plant your own sunflower and grow your own wildflowers!
If you have any questions or concerns regarding a Provincial issue, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office at 778-571-5503, or by email to Mike.Starchuk.MLA@leg.bc.ca