A heat wave is strolling through the Province and Manitobans are reminded to practice heat and sun safety throughout the summer.

We’re going to see temperatures of up to +34 on Friday and Saturday!

Here are a few tips to keep you safe this weekend:

When the temperature rises, heat illnesses can be prevented by:

  • drinking plenty of water or other liquids before feeling thirsty
  • avoiding too much sun and preventing sunburn
  • planning energetic outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day
  • finding a cool place to go
  • taking a cool bath or shower
  • checking on family members, neighbours and friends when it gets hot, especially older adults and people with chronic conditions
  • not leaving dependents or pets alone in closed vehicles or direct sunlight
  • limiting alcohol consumption

Also, make sure to protect yourself from exposure to UV rays by:

  • wearing a broad-brimmed hat and appropriate clothing to reduce sun exposure, especially between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • applying sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15, to all exposed skin, according to the instructions on the label
  • reapplying sunscreen at regular intervals, especially if in the water or sweating
  • covering babies and keeping them in the shade, and avoid using sunscreen on babies
  • wearing sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection
  • avoiding the use of artificial UV tanning equipment

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend! Stay safe Winnipeg!