When you’re outdoors in hot weather, stay cool, stay hydrated and stay informed. Rest often in shady areas. Cut down on exercise and other hard tasks. Replenish yourself with plenty of cool, non-alcoholic fluids every hour. If you have a medical condition, be sure to check with your doctor about how much water to drink. Wear light clothing and protect yourself from the sun with a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. http://1.usa.gov/1OKLioN
Sunburn can slow the skin’s ability to release excess heat. During this period of excessive heat, don’t forget your sunscreen and avoid repeated sun exposure.
If you have a sunburn, apply cold compresses or immerse the sunburned area in cool water. You can also apply moisturizing lotion to affected areas. It is not recommended to use salve, butter, or ointment. You do not want to break any blisters that may form.
Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness:
- Stay in air-conditions buildings as much as possible.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter or cooling station.
- 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 older neighbors twice a day.
- Drink more water than usual.
- Don’t wait until your are thirsty to drink more fluids.
- Drink from tow to four cups of water every hour wile working or exercising outside.
- Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
- Remind others to drink enough water.
Learn the symptom of heat-related illnesses: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/warning.html
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015
- Beef, Pork, Lamb, & Veal (steaks, roasts, and chops): 145 °F with a 3-minute rest time
- Ground meats: 160 °F
- Whole poultry, poultry breasts, & ground poultry: 165 °F