Beat the Heat

Beat the Heat

The scorching heat can be tough on our bodies. Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Follow the below tips to make sure you and your loved ones are safe during extreme heat.

Ways to Stay Cool

Stay Cool

  • Wear lightweight, light colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Limit outdoor activity to when it is coolest, like morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat.
  • Never leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked.
  • Avoid hot and heavy meals – they add heat to your body.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink more fluids, especially water. Do not wait until you are thirsty.
  • Stay away from sugary and alcoholic drinks.
  • Keep your pets hydrated too and leave the water in a shady area. 

Keep Cool in Your Home

  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to a shopping mall or public library.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home.
  • Cover windows with drapes or shades.

Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion and heat stroke, happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself.

Symptoms of a heat stroke include:

  • High body temperature (103F or higher)
  • Hot, red, dry, or damp skin
  • Fast, strong pulse
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Losing consciousness (passing out)

If you or another person is having a heat stroke, call 911 immediately, move the person to a cooler place, and help lower the person’s temperature with cool clothes or a cool bath.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Headache
  • Tiredness/weakness
  • Fainting (passing out)

If you or a person is experiencing heat exhaustion, move to a cool place, loosen your clothes, put cool, wet clothes on your body, and sip water. Get medical help if you are throwing up, symptoms get worse and last more than 1 hour.

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