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Extreme Heat Wave

To: All Skills Society Employees

From: Skills Society Senior Leadership 

RE: Extreme heat wave

 

June 25, 2021 

 

As you’re likely aware, we are entering into what could be a record breaking heat wave both in terms of how high our temperatures will be, and the number of consecutive days that the temperatures will be so high.  It is important that we be extra cautious during this time as there is significant risk of sunstroke, sunburn, dehydration, and other significant health concerns.

Heat related illness is preventable.  During this heatwave and throughout the summer we are asking all staff to keep the following in mind for both the individuals we support and themselves.

1. Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids, even when not thirsty
  • Consult with a physician if the person you are supporting is on a special diet, has renal disease, or congestive heart failure

2. Stay protected

  • Avoid strenuous or high energy activities
  • If you need to be out, try to do so early in the morning or later in the evening when it is cooler
  • Wear loose and lightweight, light-coloured clothing
  • Wear sunscreen.  Reapply often
  • Stay in the shade as much as possible

3. Watch for signs of heat stress

  • Muscle pains, cramps or spasms
  • Heavy sweating, paleness, weakness, dizziness, headache nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion, fainting or unconsciousness
  • High body temperature with dry skin (i.e. not sweating)
  • Rapid pulse

4. Stay cool

  • When possible, go to and stay in places where there is air conditioning
  • Don’t sit in a hot car
  • When outdoors, take breaks from the heat, especially during the hottest part of the day
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down
  • Cover your windows with drapes to keep out the hot sun

Should you have any questions please reach out to your Manager or Senior Manager.  Thank you for doing your part to keep everyone safe during this heatwave.

 

Adapted from: https://www.landmarkhealth.org/resource/tips-to-stay-safe-in-summer-months/