Protect yourself and loved ones from the heat

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Temperatures this week are predicted to reach the low 90s by midday each day.
Meteorologists are predicting heat indexes will be well above the 100 degree mark.
During times of extreme heat, it’s important to remember to take every precaution to prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Both injuries occur from prolonged exposure to high temperatures and dehydration, the website WebMD states.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges people to stay informed during instances of extreme heat.
The CDC also recommends staying in an air-conditioned building as much as possible and avoiding direct sunlight. It’s also important to drink plenty of water, the website states. Don’t forget to stay up-to-date on local weather forecasts.
Remember to check on those who are most at-risk including the elderly, people with a chronic medical condition, children, homeless or poor, outdoor workers and athletes, the CDC website states.
If you work or exercise outdoors, the CDC recommends drinking two to four cups of water every hour while working, avoiding sugary drinks, limiting outdoor activity during the hottest part of the day, wearing and reapplying sunscreen and stopping all activity and getting to a cool environment if you feel weak or faint.
It’s also important to remember to never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, the CDC website states. They can also suffer the consequences of extreme heat.
As the summer months progress and temperatures reach record highs, always remember to protect yourself and your loved ones from the sun’s damaging UV rays and hot temperatures.
Summer is filled with fun activities. However, if you’re not prepared, the consequences can be harmful or even deadly.
Always remember to drink plenty of water, keep cool and wear sunscreen.

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