Carrier Sekani Tribal Council and the Carrier Sekani First Nations are postponing the webinar scheduled for Tuesday, June 29, due to excessively high temperatures in the region.
If you are in need of a cooling centre in Prince George, please head to the POUNDS Project at 1126 3rd Avenue or the House of Ancestors at 355 Vancouver Street. They will be providing shade, cold snacks, and water until 11 p.m.
As western Canada continues to heat up, please follow these simple tips our to stay safe:
-Slow down. Excess motion or speed will both generate additional heat and increase sweating, which can lead to dehydration.
-Stay out of the sun. If you can’t get indoors, find areas of shade.
-If you have planned outdoor activities, postpone them if you are able.
-DO NOT attempt to drastically shift your temperature. If you are overheating, find a cool place to rest instead of a cold place. Rapid temperature shift can cause your body to go into shock.
-Drink lots of fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Heat causes sweating, which can help keep you cool, but also rapidly depletes your body’s water supply. Stay hydrated.
-Dress appropriately if you can. Thin, loose material clothing that covers as much skin as possible is best, as it will let air cool you off while keeping the sun off your skin. Wide brimmed hats are also useful.
-If you must work outdoors, take frequent breaks, especially if you are in direct sunlight. Take your breaks in the shade if at all possible.
-Use the buddy system. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can sneak up on the best of us, so having a friend who can keep any eye out for the symptoms is very helpful.
-Recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Heat Exhaustion: Cool, moist, and/or pale skin; heavy sweating; headache; nausea or vomiting; dizziness; and exhaustion. If symptoms are present, move someone to a cool area, remove any tight clothing, and apply cool, wet clothes. If conscious, provide with water, but make sure to drink slowly to avoid choking.
Heat Stroke: Hot, red skin; changes in consciousness; rapid, weak pulse; rapid, shallow breathing. CONTACT 911 RIGHT AWAY. Move to a cool place and use a cool bath or cool cloths to cool the body down until help arrives.
Please stay safe, everyone.