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Extreme Heat Alerts

Aug 08, 2016

Extreme heat can cause heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even death. Those with chronic medical conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, are more affected by extreme heat.

Follow these five steps from Health Canada to protect yourself during heat alerts:

  1. Prepare for the heat
  2. Pay close attention to how you – and those around you – feel
  3. Stay hydrated
  4. Stay cool
  5. Avoid exposure to extreme heat when outdoors

And take precautions to prevent a flare-up of your lung condition during heat alerts. If you notice changes in your symptoms, follow the action plan provided by your health-care provider. If you don’t have an action plan, ask your health-care provider for one.

For information on preventing heat alerts, visit Health Canada’s Extreme heat – heat waves.

If you have any questions, call the Lung Health Information Line at 1-888-344-LUNG (5864), email or visit