Don’t Sweat It! How to Stay Cool in Hot Weather

Welcome to the middle of summer and hot weather! With hot temperatures comes an increased risk of heat stress. Heat stress occurs when your body stops producing sweat and therefore cannot cool down properly. During heat stress, your body temperature can rise so high that there is a chance of brain damage and death.

Extreme heat-related illnesses cause more deaths than hurricanes, lightning strikes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined. But, you can prevent heat stress for yourself and family by staying cool, staying hydrated, and staying informed about the latest weather conditions.

You can also stay safe, healthy, and comfortable on hot days this July by following these easy guidelines:

  • Drink plenty of water — even if you do not feel thirsty — to avoid dehydration.
  • Exercise early in the morning or at night to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest times of the day.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcoholic beverages, and excessive salt.
  • Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.
  • Use a buddy system when it is absolutely necessary to work in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.

Want to know more?
CDC's Extreme Heat Guide
CDC's Extreme Heat and Emergency Response

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