Extreme Heat Warning
The sun is strong and the air quality is poor. Another extreme heat warning for Friday and this weekend has been released. Combined with the poor air quality from the smoke, it can be quite dangerous for anyone, particularly:
- Older adults
- Infants and young children
- People with chronic illnesses (cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, renal disease, psychiatric illness)
- People who are physically impaired (confined to bed, or dependence for assistance with daily living, sensory/cognitive impairment)
- People taking certain medications (antihypertensives, antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-Parkinson’s agents)
Watch for the symptoms of heat illness: dizziness/fainting; nausea/vomiting; rapid breathing and heartbeat; extreme thirst; decreased urination with unusually dark urine, confusion and/or lack of alertness.
- Drink plenty of water before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place.
- Make your home as comfortable as possible:
- Close blinds and shutters during the daytime and open them at night. Open your windows at night to let in cooler air.
- If you have air conditioning, use it to take the edge off indoor heat but don’t over-cool and remember that circulation of fresh air may reduce COVID-19 risk.
- If you don’t have air-conditioning, take shelter in the coolest room in your home and use a fan. Blowing a fan across a pan of ice water can create a cool breeze.
- Cool showers and misting yourself and your clothing with cool water will help keep you from overheating
- If you are outdoors- Seek a cool place such as a tree-shaded area, shower or bath, or air-conditioned spot like a public building, but be mindful to avoid crowded spaces and maintain a 2-meter distance from others as much as possible
Please see Fraser Health Emergency Bulletin below for more information: