June 29, 2023
EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services reminds Albertans to take some simple precautions in the heat so you can safely enjoy outdoor activities this summer.
Heat stress is primarily due to three main factors: UVA and UVB radiation, temperature and humidity. People can be affected by heat stress in several ways, from mild to life-threatening. Young children, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk. Young, healthy people participating in strenuous activity and those working outdoors during the heat may also be at risk. If your body temperature gets too high, you can get heat-related illnesses. Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency and requires medical attention as soon as possible. For emergencies, visit your nearest local emergency department or call 911.
Protect your skin from the sun. If you are planning on being outdoors:
Keep a close eye on babies and children and check in on loved ones, especially those who may be socially isolated or live in un-airconditioned housing, to see how they are coping.
Know your options so you can get the right care when you need it. Health Link at 811 provides 24/7 health advice and information. Other options include your family doctor, ambulatory care and family care clinics, walk-in clinics and your local pharmacy. Visit ahs.ca/options for more info. For emergencies, visit your nearest local emergency department or call 911.
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Our mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans. Our current focus is on reducing emergency department wait-times, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.