Knowledge of protective measures during extreme heat events among the general public
Keywords:extreme heat, heatwave, heat-related illness, human-induced climate change, protection measures
Extreme Heat Events (EHEs) are increasing in frequency, intensity, and duration in Canada that are resulting in high numbers of preventable heat-related illnesses and deaths. Apart from heat related injuries, extreme heat can catalyze reactions to worsen the outdoor air quality, increase wildfire occurrences, and worsen pre-existing heart conditions or chronic illnesses. Assessing the general public’s knowledge of protective measures against EHEs is needed to prevent further heat-related injuries. In addition, the general public’s knowledge of climate change can be determined to assess if they are aware of the contribution of extreme heat.
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