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safety tips for the summer heatExtreme heat in the summer is dangerous and one of the major killers in the country. The lethal combination of high temperatures and high humidity can make people, especially children and seniors, suffer from heat-related illnesses. The body naturally cools itself off by sweating, but some people are unable to properly cool themselves. If the body temperatures are not decreasing, they may lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Prevention is the key against heat-related illnesses. Stay cool, hydrated, and informed in order to beat the summer heat. Turning on the fan or sweating is not enough to have a low risk of getting ill. Find out how you can take some precautions to protect yourself and others this summer season.

Safety Tips for the Summer Heat

  1. Drink more water even if you are not thirsty to avoid dehydration. Alcohol and coffee are not recommended because they can deplete fluid faster from the body.
  2. Turn on the air conditioner. If you don’t have one at home or are worried about electricity costs, go to a place that has one, such as the mall, hotel room, restaurant, and library. Stay on the lowest floor like the basement where it is cooler if an air conditioner is not available.
  3. Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothes. Cotton absorbs sweat and can contribute to a rising body temperature because of the extra weight. Dark colors absorb heat and make you feel warmer.
  4. Exercise in the early morning or evening when it is not too hot. Do indoor activities so you can stay away from the sun.
  5. Do not leave children and pets unattended in a closed parked vehicle. The inside of the car is 20 degrees higher than outside and can lead to death.
  6. Have cool showers or keep your body cool with wet towels.

A variety of illnesses are caused by the heat and if you know the warning signs, you can easily detect if you or someone needs help. Remember that these heat-related illnesses may be life-threatening but they are preventable. Check out this infographic on heat-related illnesses via the Centers for Disease Control.

safety tips for the summer heat




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