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Published on July 17, 2019

How to handle the heat

How to handle the heat

Heat-related illnesses may occur body temperature rises quickly and too high (heat stroke) or when you lose an excessive amount of salt and water (heat exhaustion).

Know the signs and symptoms and stay informed on updates for extreme heat alerts.

How to stay hydrated

  1. Drink water throughout the day, even if you aren't being active or feeling thirsty. The goal is to drink at least 64 ounces of water.
  2. Limit sugary and alcoholic drinks. These cause you to lose more body fluid.
  3. Replace salt and minerals from sweating by drinking both water and a sports drink.

How to stay cool

  1. Wear loose, lightweight clothing and a hat.
  2. Wear sunscreen to prevent sunburn. Being sunburned may affect the body's ability to cool itself and also can make you dehydrated.
  3. Avoid spending too much time outside during midday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. when the sun is hottest. If you're outside for a long period of time, find a shaded area to maintain cooler temperatures.
  4. Pace yourself when running or participating in outdoor activities.
  5. DO NOT leave children or pets in cars. Cars can heat up to dangerous temperatures even when windows are cracked.
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