Stay Cool No Matter How Hot it is Outside Avoiding Heat Related Illness
When outside temperatures start
rising, so does your chance of a heat related illness. While everyone needs to take special
precautions in hot weather, extreme heat poses a special risk to young
children, older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. But you and
your family can enjoy a healthy and safe summer by following a few safety tips.
stay healthy and safe in hot weather:
- Drink plenty of water – do not wait until you are
- Stay inside in air conditioning whenever
possible. If you do not have an air
conditioner, use movie theatres, malls, libraries and other public places
that are cool.
- Avoid beverages with alcohol, caffeine and sugar
because they will dehydrate you.
- Eat light meals
- Wear lightweight, light colored clothing and a hat.
- Stay in the shade
- Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening
Illnesses brought on by high
temperatures include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you experience any heat related symptoms,
you should seek immediate medical attention.
Symptoms of a heat
- rapid heartbeat
- absence of perspiration
- dry, hot flushed skin
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