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  • Elderly people (65 years and older), infants and children and people with chronic medical conditions are more prone to heat stress.

  • Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death. During conditions of extreme heat, spend time in locations with air-conditioning such as shopping malls, public libraries, or public health sponsored heat-relief shelters in your area.

  • Get informed. Listen to local news and weather channels or contact your local public health department during extreme heat conditions for health and safety updates.

  • Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages and increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level.


 

Summer Weather Safety

National Weather Service | PrepareMetro - KC | Ready.gov

Heat-related deaths and illness are preventable yet annually many people succumb to the extreme heat of the summer. Historically, from 1979-2003, excessive heat exposure was responsible for over 8,000 deaths in the United States. During this time period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined. In 2001, approximately 300 deaths were caused by excessive heat exposure.

What Is Extreme Heat?

Conditions of extreme heat are defined as summertime temperatures that are substantially hotter and more humid than the average for a location at that time of year. Humid or muggy conditions, which add to the discomfort of high temperatures, occur when a "dome" of high pressure traps hazy, damp air near the ground.

Drink Plenty of Fluids

During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.

Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

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.

Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen

Wear as little clothing as possible when you are at home. Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It can also cause pain and damages to the skin. If you have to go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) along with sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions.


 

 

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