With extreme heat comes some serious health risks.
The CDC says more than 600 people die in the United States every year due to extreme heat, even though they say heat-related deaths are preventable.
In order to keep safe, it’s important to know the signs and symptoms of when you’re experiencing excessive heat exposure.
According to the American Heart Association, the symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- heavy sweating
- cold, moist skin, chills
- dizziness or fainting
- a weak and rapid pulse
- muscle cramps
- fast, shallow breathing
- nausea, vomiting or both
What can you do to beat the heat and stay safe when temperatures reach dangerous levels?
- Stay indoors as much as possible
- Turn on air conditioners
- If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor of buildings and homes out of the sunshine
- Consider spending the warmest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.
- Many of these buildings have been designated as cooling centers (more information here)
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- Limit intake of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages
- Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes
- Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day and take frequent breaks
- Take tepid showers or baths often to stay cool
- Check on neighbors (especially the elderly) and look after children