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Hot Weather Safety Tips

Keep Cool & Protect Yourself from the Heat

 

  • Drink plenty of liquids. Drink water and sports drinks—even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugar because they make you lose fluids.
  • Limit physical activity. Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day—10am-3pm.
  • NEVER leave people or pets in a closed, parked car.
  • Stay in air-conditioned areas. Help keep cool by spending time at malls, libraries, movie theatres and community centers.
  • Cool off by taking a bath or shower. Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best.  Do not cool children in alcohol baths.
  • Wear cool clothing. Lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing can help you keep cool.  Cotton clothes are good because they let sweat evaporate.
  • Do not bundle babies. Babies do not handle heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed. Do not put them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • Cover your head. Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors because your head absorbs heat easily.
  • Wear sunglasses and sunscreen. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.
  • Rest often in shady areas. Find shady places to cool down when outdoors.
  • Check on frail or elderly family, friends, or neighbors often.

 

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 Fact Sheet: Heat-Related Illness (Vietnamese)

 

Fact Sheet: Heat-Related Illness (Spanish)

 

 

 



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