Tips to Avoid Heat-related Illnesses

The heat is on — and the danger to your health and safety is real. People suffer a heat-related illness when the body’s temperature control system gets overloaded.

Anyone can be vulnerable to heat but those most at risk include seniors, people who work in the heat and those with chronic diseases. Know the warning signs and symptoms of excessive heat exposure and follow guidance to survive those hot summer days:

✔ Never leave children, the elderly or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are open. Look before you lock!

✔ Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing.

✔ Protect against sunburn.

✔ Drink plenty of fluids.

✔ Take extra precautions with certain medications.

✔ Slow down, stay indoors and avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day.

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