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Stay Cool this Summer
Extremely high or unusually hot temperatures can affect your health. On average, 675 deaths from extreme heat events occur each year in the United States. Most vulnerable are the elderly, those who work or exercise outdoors, infants and children, the homeless or poor, and people with a chronic medical condition.
Take the necessary precautions to prevent serious health effects such as heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
- Stay in air-conditioned buildings.
- Contact the Health Department to locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area.
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
- Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when it is the hottest part of the day, and avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take cool showers or baths to lower your body temperature.
- Check on at-risk friends, family and neighbors at least twice a day.
Heat exhaustion can easily progress to heat stroke when the body’s temperature regulation fails. Stay alert during hotter times of the day. A person can develop a change in mental alertness, becoming confused, lethargic and possibly a seizure. If the skin stops sweating, the body temperature may exceed 106 F (41 C ).
This is a life-threatening condition and emergency medical attention is needed immediately.