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Southern Alberta Wildfire

For the most current information on Southern Alberta wildfires, and any related alerts, visit emergency.alberta.ca.

Heat Warning Information

When a Heat Warning is in Effect:

Take precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  • Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.
  • Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools).
  • Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated.
  • Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle.
  • Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors. Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label).
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses (with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal).
  • Wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.

Monitor for symptoms of heat stroke, including:

  • high body temperature
  • lack of sweat
  • disorientation
  • fainting
  • unconsciousness.

While awaiting medical attention:

  • move the individual to a shaded area
  • remove his or her outer clothing and shoes
  • wrap the person in a wet towel until medical care is being provided.

Pay particular attention to:

Heat Warnings

Effective 2016, Heat Warnings are issued by Environment Canada. To find out whether there are any heat warnings in place for your area of Alberta, visit http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html?prov=ab.

You can also receive Environment Canada's weather alerts by Twitter, for your region of Alberta. Find the twitter handle for your area, here: http://www.ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather/default.asp?lang=En&n=BF9C15EC-1#tab2  

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If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids.

Seek medical attention immediately for any individual feeling faint.