The Saskatchewan Health Authority is reminding the public to take precautions during rising temperatures expected in many parts of the province this week, including northern Saskatchewan. 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.
Heat-related illnesses include: heat rash (skin irritation), heat cramps (muscle cramps), heat edema (swelling of hands, feet, and ankles), heat fainting, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
“As temperatures rise, you need to take extra care to keep as cool as possible in order to prevent any heat-related illness,” said Saskatchewan Health Authority Medical Health Officer Dr. Simon Kapaj. “Heat illnesses are preventable. It is particularly important for babies, young children, the elderly and anyone who is ill or has chronic health conditions like breathing problems, mental illness, and heart problems to stay out of the heat.”
Here are some tips to avoid becoming ill during periods of extreme heat:
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 or seek immediate medical assistance if you are caring for someone who has a high body temperature and is either unconscious, confused or has stopped sweating.
If you take medicines regularly, ask your doctor for advice about hot-weather activity and your risk of getting a heat-related illness. More information preventing heat illness can be found on the Government of Canada's website:
More tips for staying healthy in the heat can be found here.