Are you prepared for extreme heat?

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Oh boy… the heat is back with a vengeance in BC. With heat warnings issued for many parts of BC, it is important to take precautions. In extreme heat and high humidity, evaporation is slowed and the body must work extra hard to maintain a normal temperature. Many Canadians succumb to the demands of summer heat every year.

Most heat disorders occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or has over-exercised for his or her age and physical condition. Older adults, young children and those who are sick or overweight are more likely to succumb to extreme heat.

Conditions that can induce heat-related illnesses include stagnant atmospheric conditions and poor air quality. Consequently, people living in urban areas may be at greater risk from the effects of a prolonged heat wave than those living in rural areas. Asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night, which can produce higher nighttime temperatures; this is known as the “urban heat island effect.”

A heat wave is an extended period of extreme heat and is often accompanied by high humidity. These conditions can be dangerous and even life-threatening for people who don’t take the proper precautions. With rising temperatures, there are a few things you can do to keep you and your family safe.

Before Extreme Heat

To prepare for extreme heat, you should do the following:

During Extreme Heat

What you should do if the weather is extremely hot:

Know the Terms

Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify an extreme heat hazard:

Stay safe!