Extremely hot weather can cause sickness or even death, yet heat-related illness is preventable. Each year, extreme heat causes more deaths than tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. There are precautions you can take for you, your family and co-workers to prevent heat-related illness. Stay updated on local weather forecasts, and take steps to stay cool and hydrated to keep safe from illness such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Because your body loses fluids during hot weather, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids – drink fluids regularly regardless of your activity level. Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar as these can actually cause you to become more dehydrated. If possible, stay in an air-conditioned place during the hottest times of the day. If your home does not have air-conditioning, find an air-conditioned shelter such as a shopping mall or library to cool off. Don’t rely on electric fans for cooling – during extreme heat, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Take cool showers or baths and wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. If you must be outside, limit your activities to morning and […]
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