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Posted on: May 27, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Hot Weather Tips

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Hot Weather Tips

Hot weather can be dangerous and even deadly. Precautions must be taken to ensure health and safety during our summer months. A person suffering from the heat may not realize it. Be aware of the warning signs of heat related illness which include:

Danger Signs

  • Heat Cramps: Painful muscle contractions, usually in the hamstring muscles.
  • Heat Exhaustion: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, rapid/weak pulse, pale or clammy skin.
  • Heatstroke: Hot/dry/flushed skin, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and confusion.

Prevention Tips

  • Drink plenty of water. Carry a bottle with you when you are away from home.
  • Wear loose fitting cotton clothing, hats with wide brims and carry an umbrella.
  • Check with your doctor. Heat may affect your reaction to certain medications.
  • Keep electric lights low or off, shades drawn, blinds closed and limit oven use.
  • Stay in well-ventilated areas. Circulation of air helps you keep cool.
  • Open a window or turn on a fan or air conditioner.
  • Have a friend check up on you at different times of the day when it is very hot.
  • Eat light meals, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Plan ahead so your outside activities are during the coolest part of the day.
  • Avoid unnecessary activity and being in direct sunlight or a hot environment.
  • Take your time. Do not run around in a hurry.
  • Never wait in a car or leave people or pets in a car.
  • Remember, excessive heat exposure can result in illness or death!

If you need emergency medical services, call 911 immediately!

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