• Extremely hot temperatures can affect your health.
• Those most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants & children, the homeless or poor, and people with chronic medical conditions.
Early symptoms include: headache, thirst, and muscle cramps.
Serious symptoms include: weakness, skin that is cool to the touch, fast but weak pulse, nausea, and fainting.
Severe symptoms include: hot and red, dry skin, fast and strong pulse, sweating that has stopped, and unconsciousness.
Stay cool and in air-conditioned buildings.
• Limit outdoor activity, especially midday during the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
• Check on at-risk friends, family, and neighbors at least twice a day.
• Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
• Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
• Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
• Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
• Drink two to four cups of water hourly while working or exercising outside.
• Avoid alcoholic drinks or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
• Make sure your family, friends, and neighbors are drinking enough water.
• Check your local news for extreme heat warnings, and safety tips.
• Keep your friends, family, and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.