April 09, 2014

After months of chilly Canadian weather, we are more than ready for some summer heat! But too much sun and heat exposure can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.

Heat-related illnesses include heat stress, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Symptoms can range from painful muscle spasms to fainting, seizures, unconsciousness and even death. 

This National Summer Safety Week, from May 1-7, the Canada Safety Council encourages Canadians to take proactive safety measures to protect themselves, their children and pets while enjoying the heat of the summer months.

Preventing heat illnesses

During heat waves, schedule outdoor activities during the morning or evening whenever possible to minimize time spent outdoors during peak heat hours.

  • Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol – they are natural diuretics and will dehydrate you.

  • Eat a balanced diet and consider sports drinks that contain electrolytes to replenish your...

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