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Preventing the effects of heat

During a heat wave, your health can deteriorate rapidly. You can take certain precautions to make yourself more comfortable and reduce the health risks for you and your loved ones. The City of Saint-Lambert wish to remind you of a few of these preventive measures:

  1. Outdoors, take shelter under a parasol or wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat;
  2. Use sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays;
  3. Limit your physical activities, especially in the middle of the day, when it is hottest;
  4. Drink plenty of water;
  5. Close the blinds and curtains to keep your home cool;
  6. Open all windows in the evening, if it is cooler outside;
  7. Use air conditioning to lower the temperature in your home;
  8. If you work outside during this hot weather, drink at least one glass of water every 20 minutes even if you aren’t thirsty;
  9. Adjust your work pace to your heat tolerance and take breaks in the shade or in a cool place.

Seniors and those with chronic illnesses are encouraged to follow these preventive measures to reduce the risk of suffering from heat-related health problems. All residents are encouraged to check on members of their entourage who may be at risk.

Symptoms that require monitoring changes in health

It is important to monitor any deterioration in the health of an adult who has the following symptoms:

  • Dehydration
  • Unusual fatigue or exhaustion
  • Inconsistent words
  • Cramps
  • Loss of balance
  • Fainting

If you have questions about your health, call Info‑Santé 811 or consult a health professional, a pharmacist for instance.

To know more...

For more information, visit the Quebec Government website.