Temperatures across British Columbia are expected to hit annual highs this week and next. Too much heat can be harmful to your health and can lead to weakness, disorientation and exhaustion. In severe cases, it can also lead to heat stroke, also known as sunstroke. Heat stroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. Here are some signs to watch for and suggested tips to keep you safe and healthy.

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Who is most at risk?

Symptoms to watch for?

The symptoms of heat-related illness can range from mild to severe. They include:

What should a person do if they are experiencing symptoms?   

When recognized early, most mild heat-related illnesses can be treated at home. Home treatment for mild heat exhaustion may include:

If your symptoms last longer than one hour, change, worsen or cause you concern, contact a health-care provider.

What steps can people take to avoid heat related illness?     

For more information on heat-related illness, visit the HealthLinkBC website or dial 811


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