Extreme Heat

It’s a hot one! High temperatures can cause sickness and even death.  Find out what you can do to protect yourself during extreme heat.  The following information is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Stay Cool: Make sure to keep cool to avoid heat-related illnesses.

Ways to stay cool:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
  • Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
  • Never leave children or pets in vehicles.

Stay Hydrated: Your body loses fluid when you sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

Ways to stay hydrated:

  • Drink more than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Make sure your family, friends and neighbors are drinking enough waterStay informed
  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Visit www.defiancecohealth.org to find local information and tips for preventing heat sickness.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.

Stay Informed: Stay up to date on local weather forecasts.  Plan your activities when it’s hot outside with safety in mind.

Ways to keep informed:

  • Check your local news for extreme heat warnings and safety tips.
  • Keep your friends, family and neighbors aware of weather and heat safety information.

Extreme Heat Resources

Extreme Heat Information: http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat/index.html

Heat Forecasts: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/os/heat/ww.shtml

Extreme Heat Safety App: https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/heat_app.html

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