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Tips on beating the heat

The Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind you that the best way to reduce risk of heat-related illness is to take preventative measures. These include: 

  • Drink plenty of water, even if not thirsty. 
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages; alcohol can increase a person's risk to heat related illnesses. 
  • Decrease physical activity such as yard work or exercise. Activities should occur on the morning or in the evening.  Stay in the shade as much as possible. 
  • Individuals with chronic health problems, such as heart disease or lung problems, should minimize activities because the heat will add additional stress. 
  • Extra caution should be taken for the elderly and young infants and children to assure that they are protected from the heat. 
  • Individuals on medications should check with their doctor or pharmacist to see if the medicines put them at increased risk of heat related illness. 
  • Check on those who may need assistance. 
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose, cotton clothing. 
  • Eat light meals. 
  • Adjust blinds, shades and awnings to keep the sun out. 
  • Children and pets should not be left unattended in closed vehicles. Temperatures quickly rise to dangerous levels. 
  • Use air conditioning, or spend time in a cool basement. Many facilities such as libraries, malls, movie theaters and other public areas are air-conditioned. 
  • Keep in mind fans are only effective when they are bringing in cool air.  When the relative humidity is high, the evaporative cooling of sweat is diminished.
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