June 11, 2013
Here are six ways to prevent heat-related illness
Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.
Don't drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar — these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks because they can cause stomach cramps.
Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library — even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on: Infants and young children; people aged 65 or older; people who have a mental illness; those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure. Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.
— Courtesy of the National Center for Environmental Health
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