Heat Wave Reminders
During periods of high heat and humidity, especially when warnings are announced by Environment Canada or by local public authorities, it is important to prevent heat illnesses by keeping cool and hydrated.
Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, fainting, edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and muscle cramps. Health risks of extreme heat
During periods of extreme heat, the risks of heat illness are greatest for:
• older adults
• infants and young children
• people with chronic illnesses, such as breathing difficulties, mental illness or heart conditions
• people who work in the heat
• people who exercise in the heat
• homeless people
• low-income earners.
Also, if you are taking medication or have a health condition, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it increases your health risk in the heat and follow their recommendations. When it’s very hot:
• spend some time in a cool place;
• drink a lot of water - don’t wait until you’re thirsty;
• reduce physical effort.When it’s very hot, seniors’ health can deteriorate. Therefore, it is recommended to:
• spend a few hours in an air-conditioned or cool place;
• drink a lot of water even before you feel thirsty or in quantities indicated by your doctor
• reduce physical effort;
• let someone know how you are on a regular basis;
• take cool showers or baths as often as needed or cool off using a damp facecloth.If you don’t feel well, contact a doctor or call Info-Santé at 811 for health advice.
In case of emergency, call 911.
More information about heat waves and preventing heat illnesses can be found on the websites of Santé Montréal
and Health Canada