Summer Care and Wellness
Here are a few recommendations to help Elders, children, families, and communities stay well and cool during the heat.
Keep air circulating with fans in your home, use cool mists or showers, and spend time in cool, shady areas. Limit the time you spend in the direct sunlight. If possible, spend time in air conditioned places.
Wear loose, light weight clothing and a hat to keep sun off your face. Use sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink; thirst is one of the first signs of dehydration. Limit drinks with caffeine, alcohol, or lots of added sugar; these drinks can cause further dehydration.
Minimize the time you spend doing exercise or hard work outdoors in the heat during peak hours. If you want to do wellness activities, do them early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler.
Look Out for Each Other
Check on your Elders, neighbours, and other loved ones to make sure that everyone is doing fine. Look out for signs of heat exhaustion which can include muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, or vomiting. If someone experiences these symptoms, move them immediately to cooler conditions, and have them rest and drink a cool beverage. If they do not immediately feel better, seek medical attention.
Keep Yourself in Mind
Some people might take medications or have an illness where special care and attention is required in heat conditions. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned that a medication you take might increase your sensitivity to heat or if you are a person that should be taking extra caution.
Get Everyone Out of the Car
DO NOT leave your loved ones for anytime in a vehicle. All children, pets, Elders and family members should vacate the car when the car is parked. Leaving the window open a little bit isn't enough to make a difference.
Stay cool and have a safe and fun summer!