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.
💧 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