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How to stay cool during this week's heat wave

Temperatures are expected to remain high for at least a week
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With most of the Algoma district experiencing a heat event starting today and lasting until the end of the week, Algoma Public Health is offering some tips to stay sun safe and prevent heat-related illnesses. 

If you are outside in the sun, Algoma Public Health recommends wearing loose, lightweight clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection and sunscreen.

If you are inside your home, close the blinds and curtains on windows that are facing the sun. Close windows in the morning before hot air comes in, and open them at night once the outdoor air is cooler. 

While practicing physical distancing, check-in on your neighbours, friends, and older family members to make sure that they are being safe. Infants and children also need to be checked up on frequently.

Most importantly, drink plenty of water, even before you feel thirsty. This decreases the risk of dehydration. Avoid drinking too much caffeine, alcohol, or doing heavy outdoor activity. Take cool baths and showers as often as needed and cool off in air-conditioned spaces when available. 

"Exposure to extreme heat and humidity can lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke," said Chris Spooney, environmental health manager at Algoma Public Health. "Those most at risk for developing heat-related illnesses include the very young, the old, the chronically ill and people who are involved in demanding work outdoors for prolonged periods."

Following these tips will help you and your loved ones stay safe during extreme temperatures.