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Turning up the heat: Keep healthy in hot summer temps

 

August 16, 2012



SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. --- The National Weather Service has announced an excessive heat watch for this Thursday and Friday, with temperatures that will rise into the low- to mid-90s. When outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. Older adults, young children, and people with mental illness and chronic diseases are at particularly high risk.

Take these tips with a cool beverage:

Stay cool:

 Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.

 Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.

 Dress in lightweight clothing.

 Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives and encourage them to take these precautions, too.

 Drink liquids: Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually dehydrate your body.

 Have a beverage with you as much as possible, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.

If you go outside:

 Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.

 Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.

 Avoid or reduce doing activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.

 Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.

 Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

 

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