Manitoba Health is reminding Manitobans to prepare for exposure to heat and ultraviolet rays from the sun this summer.
Heat affects the body's ability to regulate its temperature. The body tries to keep a consistent temperature (about 37 C or 98.6 F) but prolonged exposure to heat can result in conditions such as dehydration, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Death can occur if the body's temperature climbs too high.
High humidity reduces the body's ability to cope with hot temperatures because less heat can be lost by perspiration. People with chronic health conditions, older adults, those taking certain medications or people performing strenuous activity, homeless people, infants and young children are at increased risk for heat illness.
Be prepared to cope with the heat and remember to check the weather forecast.
Heat illnesses can be prevented by:
If any of these symptoms are associated with heat or sun exposure, move to a cool or shaded place immediately, lie down, sip water and cool down by sponging or splashing water on yourself. Emergency medical attention may be required depending on the severity and duration of symptoms. For more information on heat and your health, visit the Manitoba Health website.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun and other sources, such as tanning beds can be a health risk.
Manitobans can protect themselves from exposure to UV rays by:
The daily UV index forecast can help Manitobans decide how much protection is needed when planning outdoor activities. For information on the UV index and your local forecast, visit the Health Canada website.
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