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How to Prevent Heat Related Illnesses

It’s a hot mid-summer, and the weather is only getting hotter. August is the month with the most heat related illnesses. This includes heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, sunburn, and heat cramps. High body temperatures from the heat can lead to problems in the brain, seizures, extreme dehydration, passing out, and severe burns on the skin.

Here are some hot weather tips to stay cool, hydrated and away from heat-related illness:

Wear loose clothing

Stay away from skin tight clothes, and opt for loose fitted shirts and pants, that allow air to flow through to your body and decrease the amount of heat being trapped.

Try to keep cool indoors

Try to stay in areas with AC. Electric fans are not beneficial if the temperature is in the 90s. If your home doesn’t have an AC, then the mall or a public library can help cool you enough before you return to the heat. Take a cold shower or bath. Keep the stove and oven use to a minimum to keep your home as cool as possible.

Morning and evening activities

Try to do any outdoor activities when the weather is the coolest, like the early morning hours or the evening after sunset. Definitely don’t go out for a run or hike when the sun is the hottest.

Stay Hydrated

Drink, drink, drink lots of water throughout the day to offset the water loss from the heat. Stay away from sugary or alcoholic drinks which can dehydrate you more. Many people have passing out episodes most commonly from dehydration. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times!

Avoid hot or heavy meals

These can make you even hotter by adding more heat to your body!

Do NOT leave any children or animals in the car

It doesn’t matter how long. Even with a window cracked open, the temperature in a car without AC can get as high as 114 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Infants and children are at high risk of dying from heat stroke, even for the few minutes the car is turned off. Please make sure the kids are out of the car and taken to a cooler place!

Stay safe and have a COOL summer!