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Heat-related illnesses are preventable. You can prevent a heat illness by following these tips to stay cool:

  • Monitor local weather forecasts and warnings regularly – Stay up to date by checking our website or by following the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Facebook or Twitter
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day
  • Protect your skin with broad spectrum, water resistant sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  • Protect your eyes with sunglasses or prescription eyeglasses with UV-protective lenses
  • Do not leave children, adults or pets in parked cars
  • Arrange for regular visits by family members, neighbours or friends during very hot days in case you need assistance
  • Learn about ways to keep your home cool during the summer (e.g., keep window shades or drapes drawn and blinds closed on the sunny side of your home)
  • If you have an air conditioner, make sure it works properly before the hot weather starts. Otherwise, find an air-conditioned spot close by, where you can cool off for a few hours during very hot days (e.g., local pool, library, recreational centre, mall). Call 211 for available options