How to Survive Unnatural Heat

By | June 18, 2024
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There’s no question that temperatures have been rising at a previously unheard-of rate lately. High temperatures exceeding 50 C in places like India are increasing all the time. And temperatures in the Americas are soaring.

Right now, the Eastern part of Canada and the USA are sitting under a massive heat dome. Temperatures are expected to rise to low to mid-40s C and that doesn’t necessarily account for the humidex. These temperature extremes are harmful to infants, the homeless, those who are pregnant, immunocompromised, elderly, and have breathing and/or heart complications.

If you’re experiencing Unnatural heat in your area, here are some ways you can protect yourself and our vulnerable populations.

  1. If you must be active, do it first thing in the morning when temperatures are lower. Don’t exercise vigorously, especially when there is a high humidity index. If you must exercise outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade and rehydrate often.
  2. Find out where your municipality’s and county’s cooling centres are, as well as their hours of operation.
  3. If you know vulnerable people, and you can do so, help them get to cooling centres in your area. If you’re a vulnerable individual, ask for help getting to a cooling centre.
  4. Drink lots of water. Perspiration helps your body keep itself cool when it is overheated. Take a lukewarm (not cold) shower to help your body regulate.
  5. Limit the amount of physical labour you do as much as you can. Doing relaxing, low-impact activities can help.
  6. Wear lightweight and light-coloured clothing to prevent sweat from clinging to your skin, making it impossible for it to evaporate and cool you.
  7. Be aware of the signs of heat stroke: Confusion, altered mental status, slurred speech, Loss of consciousness (coma), Hot, dry skin or profuse sweating, Seizures, Very high body temperature (CDC) If you, or someone you know, are experiencing these symptoms, seek emergency medical help immediately.
  8. To prevent more UnNatural Heat incidents worldwide, the world’s nations must end the use of Fossil Fuels. Write to your government officials and let them know that you value a safer world for future generations. Tell them that you want them to cease funding Fossil Fuel extraction, refining, and burning. Tell them you want more money and research put into renewable energy projects. Show up (when and however you are able) for Climate protests in your area.