Tips on Reducing Heat Related Illnesses

Posted on Jun 29, 2011

Don’t give up!  The sun is back and with it, higher temperatues.  Picture of the sun

Enjoy the heat and the sunshine this holiday weekend and remember:

• Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity such as running, biking and lawn care work when it heats up. Confine strenuous activity or tasks to the coolest part of the day.
• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library – even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
• Dress for the heat: Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing that is loose fitting, sun glasses, a wide brim hat or an umbrella.
• If you have breathing problems, like asthma – especially on a ‘spare the air day,’ try to stay indoors. Air conditioning helps.

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