Canadian Heat Wave Leaves at Least 17 Dead – 9 Tips To Protect Yourself From Record High Temperature in Summer 2018

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The death toll in Quebec from the ongoing heat wave has risen to 17.  As a heat wave smashes records around the world, Nexter.org prepared you tips on how to stay safe this hot Summer 2018.

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The sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that have blanketed Eastern and Central have contributed to the deaths of at least 17 people in Quebec over the last few days, health officials said Wednesday.

Experts are warning people to take special precautions.

Officials in Montreal and the Eastern Townships are urging people to check on their neighbors and loved ones, especially those without access to air conditioning, as the heat wave gripping the regions peaks and is being blamed for 18 deaths.

The toll of heat-related deaths in the province rose by eight in total between Tuesday and Wednesday. Twelve have been confirmed in the Montreal area, five in the Eastern Townships and one in Laval.

The wave started last Friday and is the worst to hit Quebec in decades.

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Source: cbc.ca

How to survive a heat wave tips

The following steps can help you keep cool during a heat wave even if you have an air-conditioned home.

  1. Use box fans and ceiling fans to promote air circulation throughout your home.
  2. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
  3. Wet towels and bandannas can have a cooling effect when worn on the shoulders or head. Take cool showers or baths, and consider using a spray bottle filled with cold water for refreshing spritzes throughout the day.
  4. Since hot air rises, the upper stories of a home will be warmer than the ground floor. A basement can be a cool refuge from the midday heat.
  5. Drink more water.  If you’re sweating profusely, you will also need to replace electrolytes by eating a small amount of food with your water or by drinking specially-formulated electrolyte replacement drinks.
  6. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine, as both of these substances can act as diuretics and promote dehydration.
  7. Try to visit public buildings with air conditioning during the hottest hours of the day if the heat becomes unbearable. Libraries, shopping malls, and movie theaters can all be good places to cool down.
  8. Don’t eat large, protein-rich meals that can increase metabolic heat and warm the body.
  9. Call emergency services (911) in the event of a heat emergency and try to cool the victim until help arrives.

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