Heat-related illness can be deadly and the heat is especially dangerous for children, older adults and those with chronic health conditions. Here are some easy steps you can take to stay safe and beat the heat:
• Wear lightweight, loose fitting and light-colored clothing.
• Stay in air-conditioned places as much as possible.
• Plan activities to avoid the hottest part of the day.
• Avoid hard work outside, or at least take frequent breaks, and pace yourself.
• Do NOT leave children or pets in vehicles.
• Wear sunscreen.
• Drink more fluids - do not wait until you’re thirsty.
• Avoid alcohol and high-sugar drinks.
• Keep pets hydrated too!
• Keep updated on heat advisories and warnings.
• Check-in and monitor those at most risk such as children, older adults or those with medical conditions.
• Be aware of signs and symptoms of heat-related illness and call your medical provider or 9-1-1 if you experience symptoms, or see someone exhibiting signs and symptoms.