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How to manage extreme heat weather events

To manage extreme heat, there are several tips you can follow:

  1. Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they can dehydrate your body1.
  2. Dress appropriately: Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing to allow your body to breathe and stay cool. Opt for light-colored fabrics that reflect sunlight1.
  3. Stay indoors: If possible, stay in an air-conditioned environment. If your home doesn’t have air conditioning, consider visiting public places like shopping malls or libraries that offer air conditioning during extreme heat12.
  4. Take breaks: If you need to be outside, take frequent breaks in shaded or cool areas to rest and cool down. Avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day13.
  5. Use cooling methods: Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature. Use fans or air conditioners to circulate cool air in your home1.
  6. Protect yourself from the sun: Wear sunscreen with a high SPF and apply it regularly. Wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and seek shade when possible41.
  7. Check on vulnerable individuals: Keep an eye on children, the elderly, and those with chronic illnesses or disabilities as they may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Ensure they are staying cool and hydrated4.

Remember, extreme heat can be dangerous, so it’s important to take necessary precautions to protect yourself and others. If you experience symptoms of heat-related illness such as dizziness, faintness, nausea, or a rapid heartbeat, seek medical attention immediately1.

Stay safe during extreme heat!

Sources:

  1. Source: CDC – Extreme Heat – Stay Safe During Extreme Heat 2 3 4 5 6 7
  2. Source: CDC – Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness | Natural Disasters and Severe Weather
  3. Source: CDC – Extreme Heat | Ready.gov
  4. Source: Red Cross – Extreme Heat Safety 2
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