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.