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Staying cool and healthy during hot weather

sign: bad weather aheadGetting too hot can make you sick. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following steps to prevent heat-related illnesses, injuries, and deaths during hot weather:


  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

People 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness are at highest risk for heat-related illnesses and should be monitored closely during periods of extreme heat. 





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