Simple precautions can protect you from heat and sun

July 9, 2024

EDMONTON — Albertans are encouraged to take some simple precautions so they can safely enjoy activities when it’s hot and sunny this summer. 

Many factors can cause heat stress, such as UV radiation, temperature and humidity. Make sure to check on loved ones, especially those who may be socially isolated or live in housing without air conditioning, to see how they are coping. Older adults, infants, pregnant women and people with underlying health conditions are at greatest risk from extreme heat.

Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency, which requires medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms of heat stroke include confusion, severe restlessness or anxiety, nausea and vomiting, fast heart rate, lack of sweat, dizziness, fainting, or unconsciousness. 
For emergencies, visit your nearest local emergency department or call 911.
Here are a few ways to avoid the heat this summer:

Keep cool at home: 

Keep cool when outdoors: 

Protect your skin from the sun: 

Pay attention to your pets: 

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services to 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 waittimes, improving EMS response times, increasing access to surgeries, and improving patient flow.