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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Hot Weather Tips

Extreme Heat

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 600 people in the United States die from the extreme heat every year. But, heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe in the extreme heat this summer.

  • Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so your body has a chance to recover.
  • Pace Yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat.
  • Wear Sunscreen: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you have to go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.
  • Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying.
  • Avoid Hot and Heavy Meals: They add heat to your body.
  • Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Check for Updates: Check the local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips as well as cooling centers in the area.
  • Know the Signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • Monitor Those at High Risk: Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. This includes kids, people 65 and older, people who are overweight, people who overexert during work or exercise and people who are physically ill.

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