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Posted on: June 18, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Take Precautions During Extreme Heat

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KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF HEAT-RELATED ILLNESS: headache, nausea, muscle cramping, weakness, dizziness, or difficulty breathing.

Older adults, small children, overweight individuals, those with chronic health problems, or those who take certain medications, are at an increased risk for heat-related illness.

Air pollution concentrations may become unhealthy during extreme heat events for sensitive groups, like children and seniors, as well as those suffering from heart or lung diseases. The effects can be lessened by avoiding strenuous activity or outdoor exercise.

Tips to avoid heat-related illness:
• Drink water every few hours, even if you’re not feeling thirsty. Limit intake of alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate.
• Stay in air conditioned locations. If your home is not air conditioned, visit public places like libraries, and malls. A listing is available at:
• Keep draperies and window shades closed.
• Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
• Schedule outdoor activities carefully and pace yourself.
• Dress in loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible.
• Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
• Avoid too much sun and use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF rating.
• Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
• NEVER leave children, disabled individuals or pets in cars.

In extreme cases, a person may develop hot dry skin (no sweating), confusion, or unconsciousness which may indicate heat stroke.  If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of heat stroke, that is a medical emergency; contact your health care provider or 911 immediately. 

Click here to learn more about Heat-Illness and Sunstroke

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