FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the hot temperatures on the way for most of the province, Northern Health has put out some tips to help beat the heat.
Excessive heat exposure can lead to weakness, disorientation, and exhaustion. In some cases, it can even lead to heat-related illness or heat stroke—also known as sunstroke—and can be a life-threatening medical emergency.
The most vulnerable during excessive heat are young people, those over the age of 65, those with chronic illness, people who exercise or work outdoors, and those who are socially isolated.
Symptoms of heat-related illness or heat stroke include pale cool moist skin, fever, heavy sweating, rapid breathing, headache, confusion, weakness or fatigue, nausea, and muscle cramps.
If residents feel any of these symptoms, they should move to a cool environment, rest, and drink cool non-alcoholic beverages (caffeine and alcohol can lead to dehydration). If symptoms worsen are get more severe, visiting an emergency room or your family doctor.
Northern Health has released the following tips to help protect residents and family members from heat illness:
The Province also releases some home treatment for mild heat exhaustion that include the following:
Should symptoms last longer than an hour, change, worsen or cause any concern, contact a healthcare provider.
Remember to check on older adults, children, and others for any signs of a heat-related illness and make sure they’re keeping cool and drinking lots of fluids.