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Warm Weather Safety Tips

Tips for preventing heat-related illness  

Here’s a reminder on how to stay safe and cool as the weather heats up.

  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours.
  • Cut down on exercise during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.   
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated.
  • Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
  • Avoid Hot and Heavy Meals. They add heat to your body!
  • Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Warning: If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
  • Keep Your Pets Hydrated: Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
  • Check for Updates: Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.
  • Know the Signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

 

For more information on avoiding heat-related illness, go to www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat

 

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