Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Be Careful - Summer Heat Can Affect Your Health!

Warm weather can lead to serious health issues. It's important to know the risks and what you can do to stay safe from heat-related problems.

People at Highest Risk:

  • The very young, the elderly and those who work or play outdoors.

Symptoms Signs:

  • Heatstroke can cause shivering, confusion, crankiness, seizures, and even a coma. Call 911 right away!
  • Heat exhaustion shows up as nausea, feeling faint, and extreme weakness. If someone has these symptoms, get them to a cool place, make them rest, and give them fluids. Then call 911.

Tips for Staying Healthy

  • Drink lots of water and fruit juices. Say no to alcohol.
  • Wear light and airy clothes in bright colors.
  • Stay in shaded areas.
  • Never leave little kids or pets alone in a hot car.
  • Check on your older friends often.
  • Make sure babies and toddlers get plenty of fluids.
  • If it's scorching, go to an air-conditioned mall or movie theater.
  • Look for a Cooling Center nearby if you can.
  • If you work outside, take breaks and try not to be out during the hottest part of the day!


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