Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness

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Stay Cool

  • Wear appropriate clothing: choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay cool indoors: stay in an airconditioned place as much as possible.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully: try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours.
  • Pace yourself: if you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually.
  • Wear sunscreen: sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated.

Stay Hydrated

  • Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid and become dehydrated sooner.
  • Replace salt and minerals: heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced.

Stay Informed

  • Check for updates: Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.
  • Use a buddy system: when working in the heat, be sure to have someone with you at all times.