sunglasses set on sandHuman Resources offers tips on how to protect your health during heat waves.

Tips to help readers stay safe during heat waves

Extreme heat conditions can cause a number of related illnesses, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

In a message sent Monday to UWindsor staff and faculty, Human Resources shares tips from the Canadian Red Cross to help protect yourself and your family during a heat wave:

  • Ensure you wear sunscreen, as sunburned skin reduces the body’s ability to cool itself.
  • Drink plenty of cool fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid caffeine and alcohol because they can cause dehydration.
  • If you have pets, check on them frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat.
  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Avoid dark colors because they absorb the sun’s rays.
  • Slow down, stay indoors ,and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day.

Monitor weather local forecasts — including humidex — and check Windsor-Essex County Health Unit website/Twitter/Facebook for extreme heat warnings.

Read the entire Wellness Tip of the Week.