During the summer months here in Canada it can get crazy hot. With temperatures ranging between 20°C to 35°C plus humidity and UV index, it is hot! It is often taken for granted the access to air conditioning, cold water and drinks, a swimming pool, sun protectants and other opportunities to combat the heat. If you are able to, here are some ways to help others out who may not have easy access to staying cool:
1. Donate or give to those in need
Donating to charities and banks during this heat is crucial. Sun protection like hats, sunscreen, sunglasses, and fans are helpful for those combating the heat. Water bottles and nutrition bars are great non-perishable items to be donated as well.
2. Inform those around you
Not everyone has access to a device to check the weather, temperature, and UV index. It is important to keep those around you in the know of what is going on so they can know what to do for themselves. Informing others about possible health risks of the heat can warm and prepare people for what’s to come.
3. Educate yourself on heat- illness related symptoms
With extreme heat and high UV index, there are many illnesses that can arise. Visible issues sun as sunburns, sun rashes and hives can be caused due to sun exposure and improper protection from the sun. Illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heatstroke can arise due to a lot of exposure to heat and a lack of shade and cooling agents. Symptoms such as heavy sweating, a fast pulse, headache, vomiting, muscle cramps or weakness, nausea, and lightheadedness or dizziness are just a few symptoms to be aware of.
4. Open your arms
If you have access to air conditioning and/or a swimming pool, welcoming in neighbours and those around is a great way to help out. Sharing your amenities on a hot summer can be a great way to give back to those around as well as create bonds and friendships.
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