Beat the heat with these preparedness tips

Temperatures are set to rise next week. Environment Canada is forecasting that temperatures will hit low to mid-30s (degrees Celsius) during the daytime, with nighttime temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius. There is currently no heat warning in effect for Golden but we’ve got some preparedness tips to help you beat the heat this summer.

Here’s how you can prepare and respond to hot weather:

If you have air conditioning at home, make sure it is in good working order and turn it on.

If you do not have air conditioning at home:

  • Find somewhere you can cool off on hot days. Consider places in your community to spend time indoors. As temperatures may be hotter inside than outside, consider outdoor spaces with lots of shade and running water. 
  • Shut windows and close curtains and blinds during the heat of the day to block the sun and prevent hotter outdoor air from coming inside. Open doors and windows when it is cooler outside to move that air indoors. 
  • Make sure that you have a working fan, but do not rely on fans as your primary means of cooling. Fans can be used to draw cooler late-evening, overnight and early-morning air indoors. Keep track of temperatures in your home using a thermostat or thermometer. Sustained indoor temperatures over 31 C can be dangerous for people who are susceptible to heat.
  • If your home gets very hot, consider staying with a friend or relative who has air conditioning if possible

Identify people who may be at high risk for heat-related illness. If possible, help them prepare for heat and plan to check in on them. 

If you’re heading outside, stay cool with these additional tips:

  • Drink plenty of water and other liquids to stay hydrated, even if you are not thirsty.
  • Spray your body with water, wear a damp shirt, take a cool shower or bath or sit with part of your body in water to cool down.
  • Take it easy, especially during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Stay in the shade and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or more.
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