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Beat the (Extreme) Heat!

What health officials call “extreme heat” occurs when the temperature reaches excessively high levels or when the combination of heat and humidity causes the air to become oppressive. More males than females are generally affected by extreme heat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with children, older adults, outside workers and people with disabilities being at highest risk.

Heat-related illness can occur in houses with little or no air conditioning, on construction sites and in cars, in particular. During extreme heat, the temperature in your car could quickly become deadly. Avoid heat-related illness with the following tips:

  1. Stay hydrated with water.

  2. Stay in an air-conditioned area. If you must be outside, seek shade.

  3. Wear loose-fitting, light-weight, light-colored clothing.

Seek medical attention immediately if someone exhibits signs of heat-related illnesses, such as throbbing headache; dizziness; lack of sweating despite the heat; red, hot and dry skin; muscle weakness or cramps; nausea or vomiting; rapid heartbeat, which may be either strong or weak; or rapid, shallow breathing.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


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