10 Ways To Beat The Heat
It’s time to beat the heat when the forecast is creeping up well into the ’30s. Heat warnings always find their way into our summer plans throughout Alberta, and we want you to be safe while enjoying that sun! It may seem like the perfect time to drop everything and get outside, but warm weather and heat advisories are honestly no joke, we want to share with you some simple reminders so you can protect yourself and others around you.
Here are 10 ways to beat the heat:
- Take regular and frequent breaks from being outside. Spend some time indoors, and take advantage of public spaces that offer air conditioning. Try the mall, indoor pool, splash pad or your favourite restaurant!
- Drink PLENTY of water. This seems obvious, but not all liquids are created equal and alcoholic or caffeinated beverages can actually make you more dehydrated. So don’t skip that well-deserved patio gathering, just make sure to add water to the mix too.
- Try and schedule your outdoor activities during the cooler hours of the day. Nothing is worse than having to remedy 10 heat stroke ridden kids at a birthday party if you don’t have to. You can even skip a visit to the BlueCircle office by making a payment online!
- Wear sunscreen, it is your friend. Apply a coat at least 20 minutes before you endure the sun, and use an SPF of at least 30. Extra points if it protects against UVA and UVB rays. Make sure to reapply frequently, and pay attention to the high points of skin that burn easier.
- If you’re planning on spending a good amount of time outside protect yourself further. Wear sunglasses and a hat. If you already have a slight burn the wider the brim of your hat the better, and keep your skin covered with light coloured clothing.
- This shouldn’t be a tip, but it has to be said. DO NOT leave pets or children inside a closed vehicle for any period of time. I can barely commute to work in the heat without air conditioning, sitting in a hot, closed vehicle for any length of time is dangerous. Period.
- Keep outside exercise to a time limit. This doesn’t mean you have to skip it, but make sure you’re hydrated and schedule a time later in the day. Try something different like swimming laps, hitting the indoor gym or doing some cardio in a cool basement.
- Stick your pyjamas in the freezer or fridge before bed. I’m telling you this is life-changing. You will go to bed cooler, and feel better for it. Also, stick to cotton sheets and pillowcases in the warmer months, they breathe better and help you stay cooler. Add those to the fridge or freezer too while you’re at it, more the merrier.
- Limit oven use. When the weather is hot, the last thing you want to do is heat your house up even more because you decided to make lasagne on a whim. Keep your meals simple, fresh and cool or use your crockpot. Try out some of these amazing Popsicle Recipies we pinned on Pinterest too because, why not.
- Take it easy, embrace the weather, and relax. You were waiting for these days to come all winter, so simply enjoy them. Don’t overdo it, take time for yourself, and watch out for each other out there.
Heat Stroke can happen relatively quickly, depending on the person. Pay special attention to seniors, children and infants, people with medical conditions, and those who are confined to a home. Let’s not forget your pets, because they are basically people too. Restrict walking to the “cooler” times of the day off of pavement, have plenty of water available and give them a shaded cool place to relax and regulate their body temperature. Make sure you’re able to identify Heat Stroke and take action if necessary, as it can save a life.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke:
- Lack of sweat
- High body temperature
While awaiting medical attention:
- Remain in or move to a shaded area
- Remove outer clothing and shoes
- Wrap the person in a wet towel until medical care is administered
Stay safe out there, beat the heat and enjoy the warm weather. Just make sure to know when enough is enough, and take the necessary steps to keep cool! Also, check out Public Weather Alerts for Alberta for more information near you.