In addition to the risk of sunburn, rising temperatures also increase the risk of heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and sunstroke. While children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration, it’s important all Albertans follow these simple precautions to prevent sun and heat-related illness:
- Wear waterproof sunscreen of 30 SPF or greater, apply 20 minutes before going outside and reapply frequently.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. If possible, wear long pants and
long-sleeved shirts that cover skin.
- Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. Proper hydration begins the night before.
- If planning to be out and about, consider preparing a backpack with sunscreen, bottled water, extra pair of shoes and healthy snacks, such as fruits and vegetables.
- Pay attention to your body and watch for symptoms of heat exhaustion and sunstroke
- Keep in mind that children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat exhaustion and dehydration.
If you feel dizzy, nauseous and/or faint, you may have heat exhaustion. Drink plenty of water and move into shade. Symptoms of sunstroke include high body temperature, lack of sweat, disorientation, fainting and unconsciousness. Move people with sunstroke to shade, remove their outer clothing and shoes, wrap them in a wet towel and get medical attention promptly.
For more information visit the Alberta Health Services heat advisory information page at www.albertahealthservices.ca/heat.asp.