Tips on Reducing Heat Related Illnesses
Posted on Jun 29, 2011
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.