With temperatures expected to sore this summer, the local Health Unit is out with some tips to beat the heat. Those most at risk for heat exhaustion are the very young, seniors, anyone who exercises vigorously or is involved with strenuous outdoor work, and the chronically ill. The Sudbury District Health Unit suggests drinking lots of water, keeping electrical lights off or turned down low and avoiding heavy meals and using your oven to avoid heat-related illness.
Tips to avoid heat exhaustion
• Drink lots of water and natural juices. Avoid drinks made with alcohol or caffeine.
• Avoid going out in the sun or heat when possible.
• Keep electric lights off or turned down low.
• Take a cool bath or shower periodically, or cool down with cool, wet towels.
• Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.
• Avoid heavy meals and using your oven.
• Try to take it easy and rest as much as possible.
• Place a dish of ice cubes in front of your electric fan. It has a cooling effect.
Signs and symptoms of heat-related illness
• Breathing rapidly.
• Feeling weak or fainting.
• Being more tired than usual.
• Developing a headache or confusion.