This weekend is going to be hot, which means there is a higher risk of heat stroke.
Dr. Albert de Villiers, Medical Officer of Health with Alberta Health Services, says when you get heat stroke your body temperature rises, and if it progresses enough, you can become disoriented and/or unconscious.
“This weekend might be there, if it’s like sustaining a day over 29/30 [degrees], then if you’re going to be outside and working hard and sweating then that might happen to you,” said de Villiers.
He says the best way to avoid heat stroke is to stay out of the sun and heat, but if that is not possible, you should try to do it in the morning before it starts to get really hot and to take breaks indoors.
“And then drinking plenty of water and non-alcoholic drinks,” added de Villiers. “I always say don’t think you’re going to drink beer when it’s this warm a lot because anything with alcohol in it actually dehydrates you, so it’s not good, something like coffee as well. It actually helps you dehydrate.
Dr. de Villiers also says wearing a hat and sunglasses always helps too, as well as sunscreen that is at least SPF 30, but people need to remember to re-apply it frequently.
“… Try to wear light coloured clothing because we know if you’re going to wear black it’s going to make you feel warmer. So, wear long-sleeved, light coloured clothing, that helps as well. It’s all common sense things, but people tend to forget and then they end up in hospital.”
He also reminds people to, of course, not leave a person or pet inside a closed vehicle.
If someone starts showing signs of heat stroke, get out of the sun and bring down your body temperature immediately. If it gets to the point of disorientation or unconsciousness, move them out of the sun, remove their shoes and outer layer of clothing, wrap a damp towel around them and call 9-1-1.