Heat

Heat Know how to beat the heat

What to do to fight against heat:

  • Spend a few hours a day in an air-conditioned place, such as a shopping center, cinema, library;
  • Drink plenty of water, and drink before you get thirsty;
  • Reduce physical effort;
  • Take special care of seniors and people who have physical or mental health problem;
  • Keep a close watch on young children and never leave them alone in a car;
  • Lay out your home so as to limit the heat input (closing the blinds and curtains during the day, creating drafts, etc.). Use an air conditioner if available;
  • Take a shower or warm bath as often as needed, or cool off with a damp washcloth or fresh water spray, even at night.

 

Who is at risk of suffering particularly from heat?

  • Infants and children from 0 to 4 years;
  • People over 65 years old;
  • Chronic patients (respiratory, cardiac, renal problems) and people taking certain medications;
  • People with mental health problems;
  • Workers outside, construction, moving or working in hot environments (eg. :  bakery);
  • Athletes who train outside and in non-air-conditioned places.

If you think that you may have a heat-related illness, contact Info-Santé at 811. In case of emergency, call 911.

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