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.
- 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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