According to Environment Canada, temperatures in the region will exceed 31 ° C during the day and 18 ° C overnight this weekend. Environment Canada is urging residents to be cautious during the Canada Day long weekend. In hot weather, it is important to listen to the warning signals that the body sends you in case of dehydration.
Discontinue your activities or work, drink water and rest if you experience dehydration or heatstroke.
Here are the symptoms:
swelling in the hands, feet and ankles,
In the absence of proper action, the condition may worsen, possibly going as far as heat stroke, which can be recognized by elevated body temperature, confusion, and fainting.
Anyone can have health problems related to heat, but the most at risk are babies and children under 5 years old, the elderly and people with less autonomy, people with diabetes. cardiovascular, respiratory and kidney problems of mental illness, those who work outdoors or those working with heat-generating devices (eg cook, welder) and people with alcohol or drug problems.
Remember that heat stroke is a medical emergency; it can occur quickly and lead to death in the short term if not treated. Given the festivities planned in the National Capital Region and the moving period beginning this weekend, it is recommended to be all the more cautious and vigilant. Dial 811 in Quebec if you are worried or 911 (anywhere) for any emergency.
The effects of heat can be reduced by simple actions, such as:
Drink water regularly, even when you do not feel thirsty
Avoid alcoholic and sweet drinks and ones containing caffeine (tea, coffee)
Keep your skin refreshed (bathing or showering, wet towel, air conditioning, etc.)
Plan activities at cooler times of the day
adjust the pace of intense physical activity
wear a hat and shade
For children, it is specifically recommended to:
Make sure they drink water frequently (about every 20 minutes)
Keep your skin refreshed often with a towel, bath, pool, watering can, etc.
Limit their exposure to heat (stay in a cool place or in the shade)
Protect them from heat with light clothing and a wide-brimmed hat
Never leave children in the car, even for a few minutes.
For more information on health issues, you can contact Info-Santé at any time by calling 8-1-1 or by visiting the Government of Quebec’s Health and Wellness website.
In Ontario call Telehealth Ontario toll free at 1-866-797-0000.
For all emergencies, dial 9-1-1.