Tips to Beat the Heat


    Those high summer temps have definitely hit the Midwest and health officials want to share some tips to help keep people safe in the summer heat.

    Individuals with special needs should be checked on several times a day when the temperatures get too high. That group includes:

    • Elderly
    • Individuals with a chronic medical condition
    • Children
    • Homeless
    • Outdoor workers
    • Those without air conditioning
    • Athletes

    Don't forget to make sure the family pets have enough water and shade to make it through the day. It's also important to keep pets out of parked cars, they warm up quickly.

    For individuals that have to be out, there are some things that can be done to stay safe:

    • Drink 2-4 cups of water every hour while outside, don't wait until your thirsty.
    • Avoid alcohol or drinks with large amounts of sugar.
    • Wear sunscreen and reapply as directed on the package.
    • Pace activities to start slowly and pick up gradually.
    • Try to schedule events early or late in the day to avoid the hottest part of the day.

    There are several signs to look out for when the heat is becoming too much. Individuals are encouraged to seek immediate medical care if:

    • Body temperature rises to 103 or above
    • Skin becomes hot, red, dry or moist
    • Rapid, strong pulse
    • Incoherent or unconsciousness

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