Summer Safety Reminder for High Temperatures

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Southern Alberta today and tomorrow. With this beautiful weather most of us want to get outside and enjoy it; however, some people with epilepsy may be sensitive to heat, and overheating can increase the risk of seizures.

Looking for ways to keep cool?

  • Limit your exposure to the heat by planning activities during cooler hours of the day. 
  • Dress in loose fitting, lightweight clothing which allows your body to cool properly. 
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-caffeinated, non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day as well as before, during and after physical activity to stay hydrated. 
  • Take frequent breaks from the heat by spending time in cooled indoor spaces where possible. 
  • Protect yourself against the sun, with a hat, sunglasses and use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least 15. A sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself. 
  • Take extra precautions if you have a condition that increases your risk for heat-related problems by avoiding the heat and acting quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. 
  • Listen to your body – if you feel weak, dizzy, or thirsty, find a cool place to rest and tell someone how you are feeling. Drink water and ask them to stay with you until you feel better. 

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