It looks like the next few days are going to be scorchers. Extreme heat can be more than a nuisance; it can also have serious negative health effects. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer the following tips to help avoid heat-related illness:
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Check on those most at-risk twice a day.
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
- Remind others to drink enough water.
- Keep your eye on the weather forecast.
- Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
There is also information on heat illness for special populations: