Preventing Heat-Related Illness

Be Careful - Summer Heat & Humidity Can Affect Your Health!
Hot weather can cause serious health problems. Be aware of the dangers and know what can be done to lower the risks for heat-related illness.

Persons Most at Risk

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


  • Heatstroke may result in shivering, disorientation, irritability, convulsions, and coma. Call 911 immediately!
  • Heat exhaustion causes nausea, faintness and extreme weakness. For treatment, have the victim rest in a cool or shaded area and drink liquids. Then call 911.

Staying Healthy

  • Drink plenty of water and fruit juices. Avoid alcohol.
  • Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Stay in shaded areas.
  • Never leave young children or pets unattended in a car.
  • Check often on elderly friends.
  • Provide plenty of fluids to nursing babies and toddlers.
  • Visit an air-conditioned mall or movie theater.
  • Visit a local Cooling Center, if available.

If you work outside, take breaks or change your schedule to avoid the hottest part of the day!


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