According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 600 people in the United States die each year due to complications of extreme heat. But they don’t have to. That’s because heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable!
How? Easy. When you’re out in the sun on vacation, a backyard barbecue or other activity, remember to:
- Stay Cool – Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible, whether that is at home or in a public space like the mall.
- Dress Appropriately – Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Eat Light – Heavy meals add heat to your body.
- Stay Hydrated – Don’t wait until you get thirsty to drink. Increase your water intake and take a water bottle with you. Consider drinking a sports drink when heavily sweating.
- Stay Informed – Be aware of your local forecast and make plans accordingly.
- Plan Outdoor Activities Carefully – Schedule outdoor activities during the coolest parts of the day. Pace yourself when working or playing outside and rest in the shade as needed. Wear sunscreen for added protection.
- Protect and Monitor Those Who Are Most Vulnerable – At-risk groups include infants and young children, people 65 years of age or older, people who are overweight, people who overexert during work or exercise and people who are physically ill.
- Never Leave People or Pets in Cars – Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open.
You can help prevent heat-related illness for yourself and your loved ones. Click here to learn more from the CDC about the signs, symptoms and actions you can take to prevent heat-related illness. Stay safe during the heat of the summer months!