July 9, 2014 7:01 pm
Updated: July 9, 2014 8:27 pm

Scorching temperatures spark reminder about sun safety


CALGARY- With temperatures hitting a scorching 30 degrees on Wednesday, the rising mercury caused concern for those spending the day outside.

EMS say they have responded to several heat related calls since it warmed up on Sunday, including some which resulted in significant injuries. Medical professionals say people need to take precautions, especially if they’re on medications.

“We’re talking about anti-depressants, blood pressure medicine, a whole bunch of things,” explains Dr. David Keegan from the University of Calgary’s department of medicine. “About half of the people at Stampede might fit into a risk category.”

He suggests having lots of water on hand, even in spray bottle form.

“The human body has to be able to shed heat by producing sweat. You have to have a lot of fluid in your body and be well hydrated to do that.”

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