Hot Weather Safety Tips
During hot weather conditions lasting longer than 2 days, the number of heat illnesses usually increases. This is due to several factors, such as progressive body fluid deficit, loss of appetite (and possible salt deficit), buildup of heat in living and work areas, and breakdown of air-conditioning equipment.
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To stay safe and healthy during extremely hot weather...
Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day and until you are acclimated to the conditions. Individuals at risk due to medical problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
Drink plenty of water. Your body needs water to keep cool; so drink plenty, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. Persons who (1) have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, (2) are on fluid restrictive diets, or (3) have a fluid retention problem should consult a physician before increasing their fluid consumption.
Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician. Persons on salt-restrictive diets should consult their physician before increasing salt intake.
Dress for summer. Loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods that increase metabolic heat production (like proteins) also increase water loss.
Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces your danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spend some time each day (during hot weather) in an air-conditioned environment.
Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.