When it comes to heat stroke, children are among the most vulnerable.7
Heat stroke can lead to death within hours.8
Research has shown that our health, and our children’s health, is being directly and seriously impacted by our changing climate.
Untreated, heat stroke can cause hospitalization – or worse.
We developed this campaign to give parents information and tools to protect their families and their communities. And we need your help.
Together, we can Make It Better.
Help protect children from the health impacts of climate change.
5 Steps you can take to protect your family.
Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated.
Follow these five steps to protect your family and yourself in very hot weather:
Prepare for the heat
Pay close attention to how you – and those around you – feel
Avoid exposure to extreme heat when outdoors
7 Health Canada (2011). Communicating the Health Risks of Extreme Heat Events: Toolkit for Public Health and Emergency Management Officials. Retrieved from: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/environmental-workplace-health/reports-publications/climate-change-health/communicating-health-risks-extreme-heat-events-toolkit-public-health-emergency-management-officials-health-canada-2011.html
8 Toronto Public Health, Protecting Vulnerable People from Health Impacts of Extreme Heat. Toronto, Ontario: July 2011. Available at: http://www.toronto.ca/health/hphe
9 Toronto Public Health. (2011, July). Protecting Vulnerable People from Health Impacts of Extreme Heat. Retrieved from https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2011/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-39468.pdf
10 Climate Atlas of Canada. (2018). Climate Change in Canada. Retrieved from https://climateatlas.ca/
13 Gasmi, S., Ogden, N. H., Lindsay, L. R., Burns, S., Fleming, S., Badcock, J., … Koffi, J. K. (2017). Surveillance for Lyme disease in Canada: 2009-2015. Canada communicable disease report = Releve des maladies transmissibles au Canada, 43(10), 194–199.
17 Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Blacklegged tick surveillance in Ontario: A systematic review. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2016.
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