With the humidex expected to reach 40 this weekend, people will be doing everything they can to stay cool.
Whether it’s sitting in the shade, using a fan, enjoying the beauty of air conditioning or wading in the pool, people across the province will be dealing with the humidity.
The most important thing to do is to keep hydrated. While a cold beer seems nice, drinking lots of water is the best way to avoid heat-related stress. If you are planning to spend time outdoors, whether working, exercising or just enjoying the city, consuming fluids before leaving home and continuing to do so throughout the day is a good idea.
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety recommends drinking a cup of water every 20 minutes in these conditions. Taking breaks is also a good idea, especially if you’re also in the sun. 15 minutes of relief per hour is recommended.
Never leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle. If you’re going to take them outside, try to keep them on grass so they don’t burn their paws on the hot pavement. While we generally wouldn’t like a fur coat in the middle of July, your dog actually needs it. Their fur protects them from overheating and sunburn, so it’s best not to shave them.