Hot Weather Safety Tips


Hello everyone, Larry here. July 1st and Canada Day celebrations are upon us. This new way of celebrating is going to be around for a while. Lots of yard and deck visits, walks outside instead of going to the movies, creating new dishes in the kitchen instead of eating out so often, visits over the fence. Roger has asked me to ask you all to be safe and follow rules implemented for all of our well being. We seem to have done a terrific job keeping our province pretty safe and the virus controlled to this point, but it is so important that we stay focused so that our front line workers can maintain control for us.


Heading into the heat of the summer, we always get excited about all the outdoor activities on our agenda. Roger reminds me continually that we have to play safe in the summer.

Therefore… Roger and I would like to share a great write up from the MayoClinic.Org that we use as a reminder this time of year.


You're smart to be thinking ahead. If you have diabetes, you're at greater risk of heat exhaustion, which occurs when you're exposed to high temperatures for a long period of time and don't replace the fluids you lose.


Follow these tips to stay safe in hot weather:


· Prevent dehydration. Both hot weather and high blood sugar can cause dehydration. So, it's doubly important that you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Water is best. Avoid alcohol, sugary beverages and sports drinks.


· Protect yourself from the sun. The heat index can be up to 15°F (9°C) higher in full sunlight. Stay in the shade as much as possible when you're outside. Wear a hat and sunscreen too.


· Wear light, loose-fitting clothes. When humidity is high, your sweat can't evaporate as well. Wear clothing that allows sweat to evaporate easily.


· Plan outdoor activities to avoid the heat. Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler hours of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Or consider walking in a shopping mall or department store.


· Check your blood sugar. When you're out in the heat, consider testing your blood sugar more often.


We stay focused on following these recommendations, it makes our summers the best that they can be. We have lots of activities in the calendar for July, and we hope you will have some great adventures as well.


Talk to you all next month, and until then…


Make your Footprints Count.

Larry and Roger

Written by:

Vicki L Myhre CPOD (I) CMP PFRP

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