Keeping cool in the summer heat

Jun 30, 2014 3:22 PM by News Staff

Summer is here and North State temperatures are expected to reach triple digits. It is important to take the necessary precautions to avoid heat disorders that can make one sick or even kill.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that an average of 350 people die each year due to the effects of heat.

With this in mind, they have offered up some tips to help us all stay safe during the summer months:

• Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

• Spend as little time as possible in the sun and keep activity levels to a minimum.

• Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages, especially those without sugar or caffeine.

• Take regular breaks in the shade or in an air-conditioned room.

• Eat light, easily-digested foods, avoiding hot, heavy, or greasy meals.

• Be sure not to leave food unrefrigerated for long - food spoils rapidly in the heat.

• Take care of those who might not be aware of the danger or able to react accordingly -especially young children and the elderly. Check on your neighbors and relatives if they may be vulnerable or do not have air conditioning.

• Use air-conditioning whenever in a vehicle or roll down the windows if there is no air conditioning. Never leave a child or a pet in a parked car without air conditioning!

• Know the signs of heat exhaustion. If someone becomes dizzy, nauseated, or sweats heavily, find a cooler location for him or her immediately.

• Know the signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke is much more serious than heat exhaustion. The symptoms are similar to heat exhaustion, but also include hot, flushed skin, and normally sweating stops.


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