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How to Cope with the Hot Weather

Updated: Jul 8

How to Cope with the Hot Weather

Hot weather Alarming for Toronto

Very hot weather can be dangerous for your health. People can get a heatstroke, heat rash, and feel that your muscles are tight. Don't worry! We can prevent heat illnesses.

If you feel dizziness or fainting, or very thirsty, or if you have nausea or vomiting, rapid heartbeat, or a headache, move to a cool place immediately and drink liquids. Cool water is better than ice-cold liquid.

Heat illness is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 if you have or someone you are with has any of these symptoms. While you are waiting for help, cool the person right away by moving them to a cool or shady place, remove any extra clothing, and apply cool water to large areas of the skin or clothing.


Tips to Cope with the Hot Weather

· Drink plenty of cool water even before you feel thirsty.

· Go to an air-conditioned place.

· Wear loose, light-colored, clothing, and when outdoors

wear a wide-brimmed hat.

· Avoid the sun and stay in the shade or use an umbrella.

· Exercise during the cooler parts of the day (morning or evening) (Use the shadow rule)

· Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.

· Never leave a child or pet inside a parked car.

Who can get ill from the hot weather?

We can all get ill from the heat but some other people can get ill faster. These people are:

· Seniors, especially those who are living alone.

· Infants and young children.

· People with chronic illnesses, such as cancer or asthma.

· People who can't move around easily.

· People who work outdoors in the heat.

· Homeless people.


Tips for seniors and children

- Provide plenty of water. Offer them cool water from time to time.

- Use a fan or air-conditioning to keep your home cool. - Provide water and enough shade when you are outdoors.

- Never leave them unattended in hot weather.

- Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate care. Untreated, it can lead to death. Act quickly to cool down your family member by moving them to a shaded area, and pouring cool water over their bodies.


To cope with: To deal successfully with something difficult.

Alarming: Be careful

To prevent: To stop something from happening

Dizziness: A feeling that you may fall down

To faint: To feel nothing around you

Nausea: The feeling that you're going to vomit.

Rapid: Very fast

Apply: To use or to put on the skin.

Tips: Advice

Avoid: Stay away from

Infant: Baby

Chronic: Continues for a long time.

Provide: Give

Unattended: Alone with no one taking care of them.

Untreated: Not given medical attention or treatment


A. Answer the following questions:

1. Give examples of illnesses from the hot weather.

2. What are the symptoms of illnesses from the hot weather?

3. What do you need to do if you have any of these symptoms?

4. Which tips do you follow to cope with the hot weather?

5. Give examples of air-conditioned places.

6. If you like to go for a walk every day. When is the best time to go?

7. What is “The Shadow Rule”?

8. What will happen if you park your car and leave the dog inside for twenty minutes?

9. Who can get ill from the hot weather faster than others? How can you help them?

10. What can happen if you don't act quickly to help someone with heat illness?


B. Fill in the blanks with the correct word(s) from the box:

prevent – to cope with – to faint – tips – avoid – provide – unattended – nausea – apply - untreated

1. Drinking a lot of water will help you __________ the hot weather.

2. Remember to wear a hat or use an umbrella when you go outside in the summer to __________ any heat illness.

3. Mini went for a walk and forgot to drink water, so she __________ after a while.

4. Don't forget to __________ sunscreen before you go swimming.

5. The weather network has a few __________ on how to enjoy a safe summer.

6. __________ having lunch under direct sun. Enjoy your food in a shaded place.

7. Libraries, community centers, and shopping malls __________ air-conditioned locations on hot summer days.

8. My son has __________. I think he has a heatstroke.

9. Kids may suffer from heat illness if you leave them __________ in the direct sun.

10. __________ sunburn can lead to skin cancer.


C. Choose the correct answer:

1. What could be the result of a very hot weather?

a. thirsty b. heatstroke c. the flu

2. Heat illness is a medical emergency. Who do you need to call?

a. a doctor b. 911 c. your friend

3. When you go outside in the summer, what do you need to have all the time?

a. water b. a snack c. a bike

4. How are you going to protect yourself from the hot sun?

a. Yes, I can b. No, I can't c. Follow the shadow rule

5. Why is it a bad idea to exercise outside at lunch time?

a. You're hungry b. It's too hot c. No time

6. What do you apply on your skin when you go for a picnic?

a. Mayonnaise b. sun cream c. sunscreen

7. How do you cool someone with a heatstroke?

a. apply water to the skin

b. give them hot shower

c. give them water to drink

8. Why is it dangerous to leave my cat in the car when I go shopping?

a. It may die from the heat.

b. It will run away.

c. It may get stolen

9. Why do seniors and children get heat illness faster than others?

a. They love the sun.

b. They forget to drink water.

c. They watch TV all the time.

10. What will happen if I ignore heat illness?

a. People may faint.

b. People may die.

c. People may get a sunburn.



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