July 21, 2016
Staying Safe in the Summer Heat
Author: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
Published Date: 7/5/2016 3:57:00 PM
For most parts of the country, summer brings lots of heat. Over the last few weeks, just about everybody has been feeling the heat. Cities and towns from across the country have been coping with heat advisories and trying to find ways to stay cool.
Some people handle the heat pretty well. They just need to remember to take it slow, protect themselves from sun exposure, drink plenty of fluids, and do their best to stay cool. But other people – especially young children, older adults, athletes, people with low incomes, outdoor workers, and people with certain medical conditions – are at greater risk and need to be even more careful.
By knowing how to prevent heat-related illnesses, spot the warning signs, and being ready and willing to act, you could protect your own health or even help save someone’s life.
Prevention promotes summer fun
Preventing heat-related illnesses is the best way to protect yourself and those you care for. Here are some things you can do to stay healthy when temperatures rise:
- Spend time in locations with air-conditioning when possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Good choices are water and diluted sport electrolyte drinks (1 part sport drink to 2 parts water) unless told otherwise by a doctor.
- Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Never leave a child or a pet in a parked car - even if the windows are open.
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