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Extreme Heat Preparation

Extreme heat is defined as summertime temperatures that are much hotter and/or humid than average. Protect yourself on hot days by staying hydrated, staying cool, and staying aware. You can become ill from the heat if your body can’t compensate for it and properly cool you off. Those who are at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.

Everyone should take these 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 earlier or later in the day when the temperature is cooler.
  • 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.

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