How to Beat the Excessive Heat

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to stay safe in extreme heat:

☀ Stay out of the sun. If you must be in the sun, wear sunscreen (at least SPF 15) and a wide-brimmed hat. Stay in the shade or under awnings as much as possible.

☀ Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities.

☀ Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible to prevent sunburn.

☀ Consume plenty of non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Water, diluted juices, and electrolyte solutions are best. Stay away from carbonated drinks.

☀ Keep lights in your home low or off, keep shades drawn, and avoid using the oven.

☀ Keep rooms well ventilated with air conditioners and fans. Keep your windows open if you don’t have air conditioning or a fan. Note: Fans will not prevent heat-related illness when the temperature is in the high 90s.

☀ Take advantage of cooling centers, public pools, and air-conditioned stores and malls during periods of extreme heat. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.

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