Extreme Heat

Protect Yourself from the Effects of Extreme Heat

Summer is here and so is the heat! During the past week, it’s important to remind ourselves and others to take care and prevent the health effects of extreme heat. The image above is a few ways we can make sure to stay healthy and hydrated during the Toronto heat this summer.  

Prepare for the heat

  • Tune in to local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.
  • Find ways to keep cool before the hot weather starts. If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly. If you have ceiling fans or other fans, they can help as long as the humidity isn’t high. Find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours on very hot days. This will help you cope with the heat.
  • Have cool drinks in your vehicle and keep your tank filled or car charged in case you need to get somewhere cool quickly.
  • Arrange for regular visits by family members, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need help. Visitors can help identify signs of heat illness that could be missed over the phone.

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration (not having enough fluids in your body). Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

  • If you eat less, you may need to drink more water.
  • Drink water before, during and after physical activity.
  • Remind yourself to drink water by leaving a glass by the sink.
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables as they have a high water content.
  • Flavouring water with natural fruit juice may make it more appealing.

Read more about the symptoms of heat illness, what to do if you or someone else is experiencing it, and other tips here.