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Tips for staying comfortable & safe in the summer heat

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Although we haven’t seen extreme heat yet (only unrelenting wind), it is only a matter of time.  Even if you love the heat, remember to take some precautions to stay safe.  Enjoy the summer!

1. Drink Plenty of Liquids

Dehydration is the root of many heat related health problems. Drink plenty of water or juice, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks – they can contribute to dehydration.

2.  Wear Appropriate Clothes

When it’s hot out, wear light colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothes and don’t forget a hat (wide-brimmed is best)

3. Stay Indoors During Mid-day Hours

The best time to run errands (avoid crowded places) or be outdoors is before 10am or after 6pm, when the temperature tends to be cooler.  Keep your windows & blinds shut during the hottest part of the day.  If possible use fans if you don’t have air conditioning

4. Take it Easy

Avoid exercise or strenuous activity, particularly outdoors, when it’s very hot out

5. Watch the Heat Index

When there’s a lot of moisture in their air (high humidity), the body’s ability to cool itself through sweating is impaired.

6. Seek Air-conditioned Environments

If your home is not air-conditioned, you should consider finding an air-conditioned place to spend time during extreme heat.  Ask a friend or family member to take you, or take a taxi. Walking or waiting for a bus would defeat the purpose.  If there is no convenient access to any air-conditioned place consider a cool bath or shower

7. Know the Warning Signs of Heat-related Illness

Dizziness, nausea, headache, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, fainting, confusion and breathing problems are all warning signs that help should be sought immediately.  Be mindful of dry flushed skin or not sweating, even though it is very hot.

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