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.
Want to take a refreshing dip?
- Check our Water Safety & Epilepsy Fact Sheet for ways to stay safe in and around the water.