Manitoba summers are hot and can experience up to 16 hours of sunlight daily. Prolonged exposure to hot temperatures and UV rays can have serious health implications including heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat stroke and sunburn. Prevention of dehydration is important. The best way to avoid a heat-related illness is to limit exposure outdoors during hot days. Here are a few recommendations for keeping cool this summer:
- Drink lots of water
- Reduce outdoor activities at hottest times of the day
- Seek spaces that are sheltered from the Sun
- Stay indoors
- Close windows and blinds during the hottest part of the day and open windows and blinds when it is cooler in the evening.
- If you are looking for indoor spaces to beat the heat, consider checking out your local public library, shopping mall or recreation centre.
- Some recreation centres can offer indoor activities such as card games, bingo, or art classes. To find a recreation program nearby select the “Older Adults”topic area followed by “Recreation” or click here.
- To find a youth recreation program nearby, select the “Youth”topic area followed by “Recreation” or click here.
- Many Senior Resource Councils offer Friendly Visiting or Daily Call services to help check in on vulnerable seniors during these hot spells. Click here for a list of Councils on our site.
- Cool off at your community pool
Preventing heat related illnesses can be especially challenging for people who are homeless or precariously sheltered. For this reason, End Homelessness Winnipeg launches the Extreme Heat Response Plan for 2019 when temperatures rise in Winnipeg. For a list of cooling stations who provide services during extreme weather conditions, click here. 1Just City also has cool areas for community members and hands out recycled water bottles (as donated). If you are dehydrated and need water, Resource Assistance for Youth at 125 Sherbrook in Winnipeg will provide water bottles to homeless youth in the neighbourhood.
To learn more about the effects of extreme heat, please visit Manitoba Health’s “Heat and Your Health” website.
Heat stroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect someone is experiencing a heat related illness, call 911 immediately.