SUN SAFETY THIS SUMMER
The MCA Environmental Health Officer would like to remind and warn the Akwesasne community about the hot weather conditions that may impact community health.
Individuals suffer heat-related illnesses when their body temperature quickly rises and they are unable to cool themselves. The risk of heat-related illness increases with the amount of time spent in the heat, the temperature and an individual’s sensitivity to heat. Although an increase in the number of hot days is dangerous, it is the combination of heat during the daytime and nighttime that causes significant increases in heat-related illnesses and deaths. This is because there is no break from the heat which is important for allowing the body to cool off.
If you feel faint, have difficulty breathing or feel confused and disoriented because of the heat, call your doctor. Call emergency services in case of an emergency.
Please remember to call or visit family, friends and neighbours, especially seniors who live on their own, to make sure they are alright.
Before going out to enjoy the good weather this summer, make sure you are aware of the risks associated with the prolonged exposure to the sun, and the measures you can take to protect yourself and your family.
SUN SAFTEY TIPS:
• Cover up. Wear light colored, long sleeved shirts, pants and wide-brimmed hat.
• Limit your time in the sun. Keep out of the sun and heat between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Look for places with lots of shade.
• Drink plenty of cool liquids (especially water) before you feel thirst. Dehydration is dangerous and thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.
• Tune into local radios and TV stations OR check for the online ultraviolet (UV) index in the Akwesasne area. If it is 3 or higher, wear protective clothing, sunglasses and sunscreen.
• Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 or higher and follow the manufacturer directions. Do not use sunscreen on children less than 6 months old.
• When you buy sunglasses, make sure they provide protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
• Extreme heat can put your health at risk, causing illnesses like heat stroke and even death. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated.
• Avoid using tanning beds. If you do use them, understand the risks and learn how to protect yourself.
For more information: please contact MCA community health at 613-575-2341.