How to Be Safe During an Excessive Heat Warning!

Our area has a predicted 5-day heat way in effect. Extreme heat can pose a challenge to the body's temperature control system. If the body does not cool properly, there is a potential for heat-related illness. Heat-related illness can take different forms, ranging from general fatigue to muscular cramping to life-threatening heat stroke. It is important that we take care of ourselves and those we serve.

Some general recommendations during extreme heat. 

  • Drink plenty of non-alcoholic, caffeine-free beverages. Water is the best choice. It is important to drink fluids regardless of thirst because you can become dehydrated without being thirsty.
  • Wear light-colored and loose-fitting cotton clothing.
  • Check regularly on elderly or home-bound friends and relatives. 
  • Eliminate strenuous activity such as running, biking and lawn care work when it is hot.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often.
  • If you must be outdoors, stay out of direct sunlight and seek shade; wear a wide-brimmed hat or use an umbrella to create your own shade.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that permits sweat to evaporate.
  • If you must be outdoors, use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 15 or higher.
  • Ask your physician if you are at particular risk because of any medical condition you have or medication you are taking.