Everyone, not just seniors, need to take care as the summer 2017 heat continues this September.
Riverside Value Drug Mart pharmacist Ray Ainscough shared his advice for all residents battling the heat this year.
"When it's this hot, the best thing you [can] do is stay inside where it's cool. However, if you can't stay inside, the key is: be well hydrated. Sun protection nowadays: minimum 30. The higher the better."
Although kids often don't like getting slathered with sunscreen, Ainscough pointed out that it's essential to keep them topped up throughout the day.
"It's also important when you use the sunscreen, not just to use it once and then leave it for the day. You do have to re-apply it. If you are in water, you have to re-apply as well, so just make sure you don't just throw it on once and think you're good for the day."
If you find yourself outside without adequate protection or hydration, you could find yourself at risk for heat stroke. Heat stroke can be extremely dangerous depending on the severity. Ainscough explained what to do if you become over-heated.
"You definitely want to keep fluids hydrated. If it is severe -- nausea, vomiting, not very coherent -- you definitely want to go see the doctor."
Temperatures are expected to remain slightly elevated through September.