Mississauga has had some hot, humid days this summer. These heatwaves can put your health at risk if you’re over exposed to extreme heat. Be sure to stay safe this summer by trying out these tips and activities.
1) Stay out of the sun and hydrated
This one is obvious but nonetheless important. Dress for the weather by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunscreen as well as loose, light-coloured and lightweight clothing. Avoid being outside in the sun during the peak hours of the day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – find shade if you’re outside. If you are planning to be active outdoors, wait until it’s cooler in the evening. Remember to drink water throughout the day even if you’re not thirsty to avoid dehydration. You can find water stations at every community centre as well as Mississauga Celebration Square to keep you hydrated and stay cool.
2) Go to your local recreation facilities or library to cool down
Prevent heat illness by staying in an air-conditioned place. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, visit mississauga.ca/staycool for a list of recreation and library locations available for residents to escape the heat. Not only does the library have books to take you into a fantasy world, but there are also various programs you can try out perfect for all ages. You can learn about 3D design and printing, coding and robotics, digital editing, arts and culture, games and so much more.
3) Lace up your skates to stay cool indoors
Escape the heat at your local rink. You can stay active and cool at the same time by heading to Iceland Mississauga or Meadowvale 4 Rinks this summer. Check the summer skating schedule for drop in, stick & puck, and shinny programs.
4) Check on family, neighbours and your vehicle
If you know someone who may be at a high health risk during extreme heat, be sure to check up on them to make sure they’re safe and cool. Please also remember to check your vehicle before you lock it. Do not leave people or pets in a hot parked vehicle even with the windows down.
5) Keep your home cool
Try to keep your lights low or turned off and block the sun by closing your curtains or blinds during the day. You can use a fan to help you stay cool and aim the airflow in your direction. Consider taking cool showers to keep you refreshed. However, don’t shower immediately after becoming overheated because extreme temperatures changes can make you sick, nauseated or dizzy.
Learn more about how you and your family can prepare for a heatwave this summer.