High temperatures forecasted for the next 72 hours has prompted Alberta Health Services to issue a heat advisory.
Effective immediately, officials are advising residents of and visitors to the Edmonton zone to monitor for symptoms of heat stroke, including high body temperature, lack of sweat, disorientation, fainting, and unconsciousness.
“Normal activity that may be safe on a cool day might be dangerous in current weather conditions. If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids,” said Dr. Chris Sikora, Edmonton Zone Medical Officer of Health. “Seek medical attention immediately for any individual feeling faint. While awaiting medical attention, move the individual to a shaded area, and remove his or her outer clothing and shoes. You should also wrap the person in a wet towel until medical care is being provided.”
Those who are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illness are children, seniors, individuals with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, outdoor workers and those who are socially isolated.
“We not only need to pay attention our own bodies; we also need to look-out for our neighbors and loved ones,” said Sikora.
Excessive heat can aggravate underlying medical illness such as congestive heart failure, and can also be of heightened danger to children and seniors. Individuals who are socially isolated may not know when or how to seek help, or be able to monitor their own symptoms.
Officials also advise to take the following precautions:
- • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
• Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools).
• Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
• Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle.
• Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label).
• Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses (with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal).
• Wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.
The heat advisory will remain in effect for the next 72 hours, until 11:00 a.m., August 2.
For more information, visit: http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/heat.asp