Beat the Heat

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With summer in full swing, it’s more important than ever to keep a few tips in mind as you beat the H-E-A-T.

HYDRATE - It is important to drink even if you are not feeling thirsty. Remember that caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your system so avoid them on warm days.

EDUCATE YOURSELF - Always be aware of the forecasts, temperature and heat index.

ACT QUICKLY - If you or someone else encounter any signs of a heat related illness, it is imperative that you seek immediate medical attention. Move to a cool area whenever possible.

TAKE IT EASY - If you must be outdoors in extreme heat, take frequent breaks and avoid overexertion.
Heat related illness can manifest itself in a variety of symptoms. While some can be managed at home, many are best treated by a medical professional. Should you experience a rash or minor muscle cramping, get to a cool place and drink fluids, particularly water. If you encounter any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you call 9-1-1.

MODERATE SYMPTOMS SEVERE SYMPTOMS

  • Excessive sweating
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Headache
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Weakness
  • Red, hot and/or dry skin
  • Thirst Very high body temperature

For more information, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).