It’s hot outside! Tips to stay cool and safe in the heat

Air conditioning is the strongest protective factor against heat-related illness. Staying cool in a building with air conditioning for even a few hours a day will reduce the risk for heat-related illness. Heat-related death or illnesses are 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. Cooling stations and senior centers are also available in many large cities for people of all ages.
  • 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.

Signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses

Heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this fact, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses – you could save a life!

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