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Ways to protect yourself from extreme heat

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Ways to protect yourself from extreme heat:

  • Avoid strenuous activity on hot days.
  • Limit activities to the coolest part of the day (4 a.m. to 7 a.m.).
  • Rest often in shade.
  • If active between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., drink at least one quart of water every hour
  • Stay in air conditioned areas, if possible.
  • If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor, away from sunshine, and go to a publicly air conditioned area in the hottest part of the day.
  • Have a buddy system where relatives, neighbors, or friends check on each other.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Drink plenty of water often to help your body stay cool.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don't feel thirsty.
  • Avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, which worsen the effects heat has on your body.
  • Never leave an infant, child or pet unattended in parked vehicles.
  • Eat small meals often.
  • Avoid foods that are high in protein or salt.
  • Avoid using illicit drugs (such as cocaine, amphetamines, and methamphetamines).
  • If your heart begins to pound, or if you become light-headed, confused, weak or faint -- stop all activity and get assistance.

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services

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