Planning for Excessive Heat Events

Planning for Excessive Heat Events

How Can I Reduce Exposure To Excessive Heat?

 The Best Defense is Prevention

– Visit air-conditioned buildings in your community if your house is not air-conditioned.  These may include:  senior centers, theaters, libraries, or malls.

– Take a cool shower or bath

– Drink lots of fluids.  If a doctor limits your fluids, ask him how much you can drink when it’s hot out.  Avoid beverages containing caffeine, alcohol, or large amounts of sugar.  (These drinks can cause dehydration)

– Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to keep cool

– Watch for Signs of Heat-Related Illness – feeling hot, dry skin, confusion, or hallucinations

For more information please visit www.cdc,gov/extremeheat and www.epa.gov.