Staying Safe and Healthy During Extreme Heat

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 Cool

  • 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.

Stay Hydrated

  • 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.

Stay Informed

There is also information on heat illness for special populations:

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