Summer: Where we sit back and unwind, enjoying the sunshine, outdoors, and everything else it has to offer. But summer in Canada can also bring sweltering temperatures and health risks, if you’re not careful.
As the temperatures build higher and higher, heatwaves can become dangerous quickly. In addition to common sunburns, those spending lots of time outside can risk dehydration, heat rash, heat stroke, respiratory issues, heat exhaustion, and more.
Here’s how you can stay safe and cool in the coming months:
1. Take breaks from the heat
Whenever possible, avoid being outside during peak heat hours (roughly from 11am to 3pm). If you are outside during these times, be sure to find shady spots outside or take breaks indoors.
2. Find your emotional support water bottle
Don’t leave home without a water bottle; drinking water is one of the most effective ways to keep your body cool on a hot day. In a heat wave, regularly sip water throughout your day, even if you aren’t feeling thirsty. On average, adults need 2-3 litres of water a day.
3. Protect your eyes
Sunglasses are one of the simplest ways to protect your eyes from serious sun damage. Look for pairs with 100% UVA and UVB protection to keep your eyes safe.
4. Apply sunscreen often
SPF protection for your skin is important every day, especially when it’s hot out.
- Look for an SPF of 30 or higher.
- Apply 15 minutes before sun exposure.
- Reapply at least every 2 hours.
- Don’t forget an SPF lip balm.
5. Dress for the heat
In extreme heat stick to lightweight, breathable fabrics in light colours. You can also look for clothing with UV protection for an extra barrier from the sun. Never go outside without a hat – the bigger the better!