Heat warning issued for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Greater Victoria. This important public health advisory encourages us all to take action in order to stay cool and prevent heat stress during high temperatures. 

A few tips to reduce discomfort and to help stay cool:

  • Hydrate yourself. Drinking water will help your body adjust to higher temperatures.
  • Use a fan to keep the surrounding air moving.
  • Eat smaller but more frequent meals or snacks during the day.
  • Wear light clothing that permits the evaporation of sweat (e.g., cotton clothing).
  • Vary your work/rest schedule. Take more breaks as needed to help keep cool and hydrated.
  • Avoid strenuous physical activity and caffeine drinks.
  • Also note that some medications including hypotensives, diuretics, sedatives, antidepressants and amphetamines decrease the body's ability to cope with heat. 

Please review UVic’s summer heat safety page to learn about UVic’s procedures during high heat and how you can be prepared.  If you have any questions about conditions in your work or learning environment please contact your supervisor or instructor.

Throughout the summer, the university will continue to monitor public health notifications. In the event of major heat or poor air quality, check the UVic website for current information about the status of campus operations. The university will use the website and social media channels to let you know about safety precautions and service disruptions. We do our best to share timely updates so that you have time to plan and respond.


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