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The following information is from Toronto Public Health and the
Emergency Medical Services (EMS): In the summer, the combination of
high heat and humidity can be very dangerous.

People at risk during these weather conditions include:

• People with disabilities and/or people who have diabetes, heart and
respiratory conditions
• The elderly
• Infants and preschool children
• People taking certain medications

Tips on how to avoid heat-related illness:

• Drinks lots of water and natural fruit juices even if you don’t feel very
thirsty.
• If you don’t have air conditioning, keep drapes drawn and blinds
closed on the sunny side of your home, but keep windows slightly
open.
• Fans alone may not provide enough cooling when the temperature is
high.
• Go to air conditioned or cool places such as shopping malls, libraries,
community centres or a friend’s place.
• Spend some time near the lake or waterfront where it is cooler.
• Wear loose fitting, light clothing.
• Keep lights off or turned down low.
• Take cool bath or shower periodically or cool down with cool, wet
towels.
• Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
• Avoid going out in the blazing sun or heat when possible. If you must
go outside, stay in the shade as much as possible and plan to go out
early in the morning or evening when it is cooler & smog levels may
not be as high in the afternoon. Wear a hat.
• Avoid heavy meals and using your oven. • Avoid intense or moderately intense physical activity.
• Never leave a child in a parked car or asleep in direct sunlight.
• Consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the side effects of your
medications.

Summer Safety: Fan Facts

DO…
• Use your fan in or next to a window. Box fans are best.
• Use a fan to bring in the cooler air from outside.
• Use your fan by plugging it directly into the wall outlet. If you need
an extension cord, it should be Canadian Standards Association
approved.
DON’T…
• Use a fan in a closed room without windows or doors open to the
outside.
• Believe that fans cool air. They don’t. They just move the air around.
Fans keep you cool by evaporating your sweat.
• Use a fan to blow extremely hot air on yourself. This can cause heat
exhaustion to happen faster.
If you’re afraid to open your window to use a fan, choose other ways to keep
cool. See the other tips listed above.

Get help from a friend, relative or doctor if you have these symptoms of
heat illness:

• Rapid breathing or difficulty breathing
• Weakness, dizziness or fainting
• More tiredness than usual
• Headache
• Confusion
• Nausea