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Beat the heat

Posted on: June 18, 2018

 When the temperature gets too high it could make you and your loved ones sick. You can become ill if your body can’t keep itself at a cool enough temperature. First, remember to NEVER leave children or pets in vehicles when it’s hot. Even if the windows are cracked open, vehicle temperatures can rise almost 20 degrees within the first 10 minutes.

Below are a few more ways to keep yourself and your family safe during this heat wave:
  • Spend less time outside when possible, and avoid overdoing it when you are outside.
  • Use air conditioners or spend time in air conditioned areas like malls and libraries- if air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor of your building, out of the sun.
  • Use portable electric fans to blow out hot air from rooms or draw in cooler air.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light colored clothing. Light colors reflect more of the sun’s heat than dark colors and help keep you cooler.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water is the best. Avoid drinks that have alcohol or caffeine in them.
  • Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods like fruit or salads.
  • Take a cool bath or shower.
  • Avoid getting sunburned - use sunscreen if you must go outside.
  • Parents and caretakers! Give children plenty of fluids and be careful not to overdress them.
  • Check on older adults and young children regularly .
Older adults, very young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at greater risk for health risks during extreme heat - be a good neighbor and check in on them regularly. However, even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in physical activities during hot weather.
Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. If your home is not air-conditioned, reduce your risk for heat-related illness by spending time in public facilities that are air-conditioned.
Get more information about staying safe from extreme heat: