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Hot weather: How to stay cool and safe

sign: bad weather aheadWhen outside temperatures are very high, the danger for heat-related illnesses rises. When not acclimated to hot conditions, bodies may not be able to cool themselves quickly enough, and they can overheat. In severe instances, people can suffer heat stroke, which can cause death or permanent disability if emergency treatment is not provided.

 

"Heat illness can happen to anyone, so it is important that people take steps to stay hydrated and keep cool during this week’s expected heat wave," said Dr. Susan Turner, Kitsap Public Health District's Health Officer. 
You can protect yourself and loved ones against very hot temperatures by following these recommendations:

Stay cool

  • Spend more time in air conditioned places. If you don't have air conditioning, consider visiting a mall, movie theater or other cool public places.
  • Cover windows that receive morning or afternoon sun.
  • Dress in lightweight clothing.
  • Take a cool shower or bath, or place cool washcloths on your skin.
  • Check up on your elderly neighbors and relatives to ensure they are taking these precautions too.

Drink liquids

  • Drink plenty of water. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually dehydrate your body.
  • Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink

If you go outside

  • Limit the time you're in direct sunlight.
  • Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down.
  • Avoid or reduce activities that are tiring, or take a lot of energy.
  • Do outdoor activities in the cooler morning and evening hours.
  • Avoid sunburn. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

Watch for symptoms of heat illness
Heat-related illnesses are preventable. Learn the symptoms and what to do if you or a loved one shows signs of having a heat-related illness.

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