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TIPS TO STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT

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TIPS TO STAY SAFE IN THE HEAT

1. Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

2. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes.

3. Plan your day: Avoid going out during the hottest hours, usually, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

4. Stay hydrated and drink regularly (preferably water). Don’t wait until you’re thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol.

5. If you don’t have air conditioning: open the windows before you go to bed, sleep as low as you can, whether in a basement, downstairs or on the ground. Keep blinds closed, and use fans if you have them.

6. Eat smaller meals, more frequently.

7. Check on neighbors, older adults, the unhoused and those at risk.

8. Recognize and respond to heat exhaustion and heat strokes.

 

Signs of heat exhaustion include:

Feeling faint or dizziness;

Excessive sweating;

Cool, pale or clammy skin;

Nausea or vomiting;

Rapid, weak pulse, and;

Muscle cramps.

Get to a cooler, air-conditioned place. Drink water if fully conscious (add a little sodium if you can). Take a cool shower or use a cold compress.

 

Signs of a heat stroke:

Throbbing headache

Confusion

Body temperature above 103

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid, strong pulse

Loss of consciousness

CALL 911, move the person to a cooler place, use cool cloths or a bath, and do not give them anything to drink.

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Updated: August 16, 2017