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Posted on: August 24, 2020

Hot Weather Tips

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Hot weather can be dangerous and even deadly. Precautions must be taken to ensure health and safety during our summer months. A person suffering from the heat may not realize it. Be aware of the warning signs of heat related illness which include:
 
 ⚠️ Heat Cramps: Painful muscle contractions, usually in the hamstring muscles.
 ⚠️ Heat Exhaustion: Dizziness, fatigue, headache, rapid/weak pulse, pale or clammy skin.
 ⚠️ Heatstroke: Hot/dry/flushed skin, high body temperature, rapid heartbeat and confusion.
 
 PREVENTION TIPS:
 💧 Drink plenty of water. Carry a bottle with you when you are away from home.
 🧢 Wear loose fitting cotton clothing, hats with wide brims and carry an umbrella.
 👩‍⚕️ Check with your doctor. Heat may affect your reaction to certain medications.
 💡 Keep electric lights low or off, shades drawn, blinds closed and limit oven use.
 💨 Stay in well-ventilated areas. Circulation of air helps you keep cool.
 ❄️ Open a window or turn on a fan or air conditioner.
 😎 Have a friend check up on you at different times of the day when it is very hot.
 🍉 Eat light meals, and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
 📆 Plan ahead so your outside activities are during the coolest part of the day.
 🌞 Avoid unnecessary activity and being in direct sunlight or a hot environment.
 ⌚️ Take your time. Do not run around in a hurry.
 🚗 Never wait in a car or leave people or pets in a car.
 
 If you need emergency medical services, call 911 immediately!
To locate a Cool Center, please visit CapRiverside.org

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