As temperatures rise across the province this week, residents are being advised that the risk of heat-related illnesses increases with it.
Tuesday, temperatures reached 30 degrees C, with the humidity making it feel more like 37 in the capital region. Environment Canada listed the air quality as a 10, meaning there is a high concentration of pollutants in the air.
Alberta Health Services recommends that people apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 at least 20 minutes before heading out. People should also be wearing wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses with UVA/UVB CSA certified seal and light-coloured long pants and long shirts to protect the skin. Doctors also recommend drinking plenty of water.
Anyone feeling nauseous, faint or dizzy may have heat exhaustion and should drink water and find shade.
“Residents need to pay attention to their bodies,” advises Dr. Christopher Sikora, Medical Officer of Health for Edmonton, AHS.
“Normal activity that is safe on a cool day might be dangerous for you on a hot day. If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids.”
Heat stroke, characterized by high body temperature, lack of sweat, disorientation, fainting, and unconsciousness should be treated immediately by getting medical attention. The person should be moved to a cool, shaded area; their outer clothing and shoes removed and be wrapped in a wet towel.