Health Tip: Prevent Heat-Related Illness

-- As the weather heats up, illnesses ranging from heat exhaustion to heatstroke become more common.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to help prevent heat-related medical emergencies:

  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • If working outdoors, take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors.
  • When weather is particularly hot or humid, avoid heavy exercise or physical activity.
  • Increase your fluid intake.
  • Avoid becoming overheated, especially if you're elderly, overweight or taking a medication that affects your body's heat regulation.
  • Let your car cool down before you get inside.

Posted: June 2011


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