The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding the public to take precautions against an upcoming heat wave across the province forecasted to begin today and into next week. According to Environment Canada, a heat warning is issued when there are two or more consecutive days of daytime temperatures expected to reach 29 degrees or warmer.
“During a heat wave, people really need to take extra care to ensure that they are keeping themselves and those around them as comfortable and as cool as possible in order to prevent any heat-related illness,” said Saskatchewan Health Authority’s Senior Medical Health Officer Dr. Julie Kryzanowski. “It is especially important for babies, young children, the elderly and anyone who is ill or has chronic health conditions to stay out of the heat.”
Heat-related illnesses include: heat rash (prickly heat), heat cramps, heat edema (swelling), heat syncope (fainting), heat exhaustion (heat prostration) and heatstroke (sunstroke).
Call 911 or seek immediate medical assistance if you have been exposed to a hot environment and experience any of the following symptoms:
Saskatchewan Health Authority has some tips to avoid becoming ill during periods of extreme heat:
Call HealthLine at 811 or consult your health care professional if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist. More information about steps to take during a heat wave can be found on the Government of Canada's website:www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/sun-safety/extreme-heat-heat-waves.