What to do to stay safe:
- Drink plenty of fluids (stay hydrated), even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- Keep cool. Seek out places with air conditioning, use a fan, use wet towels, take cool showers/baths, dress light, and draw your blinds/keep your curtains closed.
- Stay out of hot cars. Do not leave a child or a pet in a parked vehicle either.
- Wear sunscreen, large hats, dress in loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing.
- Avoid heavy exercise, renovating or gardening in the sun.
- Check-in on your loved ones – older family, friends, and neighbours who may be at risk of heat-related illnesses.
- Individuals most at risk for heat-related illness can include individuals with a disability, pregnant women, babies and young children, and seniors.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses.
Symptoms of heat-related illness:
- Heat Stroke: High body temperature, dizziness, nausea, confusion, hot/red/dry/damp skin, fast/strong pulse, fainting.
- Heat Exhaustion: heavy sweating, weakness and/or tiredness, headaches, dizziness, nausea and/or vomiting, fast/weak pulse fainting.
- Heat Cramps: Heavy sweating during exercise, muscle pain or spasms
- Sunburn: Red, warm, painful skin
- Heat Rash: Red clusters of small blisters on the skin
What to do if you or someone you know becomes ill from the heat:
- Call 911 for immediate assistance.
- Try to get out of the sun, go somewhere shaded/sheltered/cool, and drink some water.
Don’t forget about your pets! Ways to prevent heat-related illness.
- Keep your pets out of hot, parked cars
- Keep your pets out of the hot sun, and find shady spots
- Pets can burn their paw pads if walking on hot pavement!
- Keep your furry friends hydrated
- Get your pet ice water; you can even mix the ice water with a flavour such as chicken broth
- Feed your pets fruits (watermelon) and veggies
- Create a backyard pool for your furry friend
- Have a fan ready
- Symptoms of heat-related illness in animals and what to do:
- Symptoms can include: Excessive panting, excessive drooling, difficulty breathing, vomiting/diarrhea, weakness, incoordination or stumbling, sudden collapse, seizures.
- RAPS (604-242-1666) Animal Hospital in Richmond is available and ready to help if you have questions or if there is an emergency.
- InterCity Animal Emergency Clinic (604-321-8080) in Vancouver is open 24/7 for all animal emergencies, InterCity is located ~20 minutes from Central Richmond.