Beat the Heat - Stay Safe in Extreme Temperatures
The National Weather Service has placed an Extreme Heat Advisory on our area through the weekend. As temperatures continues to rise and humidity closes in, heat-related injuries and illness become even more prevalent. However, these illnesses are highly preventable if you follow a few simple steps.
- Stay in an air-conditioned area during the hottest hours of the day. If you don't have air conditioning in your home, go to a public place such as a shopping mall or a library to stay cool.
- Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.
- Drink water often. Don't wait until you are thirsty.
- Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
- Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.
Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Exposure to air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness.
Information from www.cdc.gov contributed to this article.
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