How to beat the heat

Heat and humidity can be very dangerous.

Be a good neighbour — on extremely hot days, check in on older adults and other vulnerable people on your street.

You can beat the heat by following these 3 steps:

Step 1: Know the risks

Even healthy people and pets can get sick because of hot weather. The following groups are at higher risk and need to be extra careful:

High heat and humidity can also be a threat if you live in a building that does not have adequate cooling.

Step 2: Protect yourself and those in your care

Step 3: Know when and how to help

Heat-related illness may cause the following signs and symptoms:

To help someone with a heat-related illness:

If you become ill, feel faint, have difficulty breathing or feel confused and disoriented, seek medical help immediately. In an emergency, call 911.

Medications and heat

Some medications make it harder for your body to control its temperature and can make it easier for your skin to burn. If you are taking any of the types of medications below, you are at higher risk for heat-related illness, especially if you are doing lots of exercise or heavy work and are not drinking enough water. Your risk is higher if you are taking 2 or more of these medications:

If you take any medications regularly, speak to your health care provider about staying healthy during hot weather.

Be sun safe!

For more information

If you would like to speak to someone about protecting yourself and your family from the heat, call Public Health Sudbury & Districts at 705.522.9200 or toll-free at 1.866.522.9200.


This item was last modified on July 3, 2018