Citizens urged to take steps in protection
Marc Bence/for metro Edmonton
Even in 30-degree temperatures it’s still business as usual for roofers at Knights Roofing Ltd., who were working hard in the sweltering Edmonton heat yesterday.
And while making sure his employees are doing a good job, company president Brian Nowlan has told his staff to take a break every 15 minutes to cool off.
“I don’t want to see them dehydrated because the guys here are important to me and you have to treat them right,” said Nowlan. “It’s hot and sticky outside, but we still have to do our jobs.”
With yesterday’s record-breaking heat, Capital Health medical officer Dr. James Talbot recommends limiting long, outdoor activities during such sweltering days to avoid heatstroke, sunburns and dehydration.
However, proper steps need to be taken in order to beat the heat if staying indoors is unavoidable, said Talbot.
“By all means go out and enjoy the warm weather, but steps need to be taken to protect yourself and that includes wearing sunscreen and drinking lots of water,” said Talbot.
Talbot also recommends keeping track of elderly neighbours or those that are chronically ill, as “they are the most vulnerable during hot days.”
Pets are also in need of attention during hot days, which is why it’s always a good idea to bring along cool water during walks, said Edmonton Humane Society spokesperson Diane Shannon.
“During any summer day, pets should also be left at home somewhere cool rather than taking them along with you in the car during an errand,” said Shannon.
Relief on the way