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Risk of heat stress as temperatures rise

Northern Health wants people to be aware of the dangers of heat stress and general sun safety as high temperatures continue.

Northern Health’s Jonathon Dyck says it is important to stay in the shade, wear hats and sunscreen and try to limit outdoor activities to mornings and evenings during hot days.

He says people can suffer heat stress after too much time in the sun with symptoms that include, exhaustion, nausea, rapid pulse pale, cool skin and headaches.

“There are a few things that you need to consider if you do start to feel that way. That includes; moving to a cooler environment, resting, drinking plenty of cool non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids even if you do not feel thirsty, taking a cold shower or bath and wearing light-coloured clothing.”

Northern Health still recommends the use of sunscreen with an SPF of a minimum of 15 but 30 or higher is recommended for longer periods of sun exposure.

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