As the heat continues to build in the Cariboo, rising temperatures will increase the potential for heat-related illnesses.
Interior Health says anyone can suffer from heat-related illness, but some people are at greater risk.
Take extra care to check on the following people regularly:
Infants and young children, who rely on adults to monitor their environments and to provide them with enough fluid to drink.
People who are under-housed with fewer options to avoid prolonged heat exposure.
People 65 years or older, or anyone who needs assistance monitoring their well-being.
People with heart problems and breathing difficulties.
People who exercise or who work outside or in a hot environment.
The symptoms of heat-related illness can range from mild to severe. They include:
Pale, cool, moist skin
Swelling, especially hands and feet
Fatigue and weakness
Lightheadedness and/or fainting
Nausea and/or vomiting
Interior Health says more severe symptoms – including high fever, hallucinations, seizures, and unconsciousness – require urgent medical attention. Call 911, move to a cool place and cool the person with water and fanning.
Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures in the low 30’s Thursday to Saturday and has issued a Heat Warning for 100 Mile House.