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Summer Heat Safety Tips

Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable; it can threaten your health,especially for older adults, children, and those with disabilities. Hot and humid weather can make it more challenging for your body to cool down, leading to heat-related illnesses.
Three types of such illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If left untreated, they can become life-threatening.


Don’t let the summer heat get the best of you. Here are simple ways you can prevent heat-related illnesses: 

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Do outdoor activities in the morning or evening.
  • Stay indoors as much as possible or take breaks from being outside.

See below for warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses: 

Heat Exhaustion

  • Heavy sweater
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Cold, pale, clammy skin
  • Dizziness or fainting

Heat Stroke

  • Body temperature above 103 degrees
  • Hot, red skin
  • Rapid pulse
  • Confusion
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