Interior Health wants you to have water ready as temperatures hit new heights in the East Kootenay.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the region, as temperatures are expected to hit 38 degrees by Saturday.
Public Health Nurse Diane Cameron says young children and housebound elderly residents without air conditioning are most vulnerable.
She says prolonged exposure to hot weather could lead to heat exhaustion or sun stroke.
“Move to a cooler environment and if you have shade around, that’s fine, but even if the temperatures outside are hot, that’s harder to cool down,” Cameron says. “You can be at home if you have air conditioning, public buildings will have air conditioning like libraries, shopping malls and grocery stores.”
Cameron says people working or exercising outdoors could also be putting themselves at risk.
“Exercising is still important, but choosing times throughout the day that are cooler are better for when its this hot,” Cameron says. “For people who are working in the sun, they should take frequent breaks and try to work in a shade covered area.”
Cameron adds water is the best option to keep yourself hydrated and you should avoid caffeine or alcohol.
– Interior Health Public Health Nurse, Diane Cameron
– Jeff Johnson