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Beat the Heat

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Use sunscreen with an SPF15 or higher rating

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Keep Cool!

Here are some tips for avoiding heat-related health problems:

  • People and pets should NEVER be left in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid alcohol and drinks with caffeine or large amounts of sugar. These can pull fluid from the body and contribute to dehydration.
  • Drink even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • If you’re being active (sports, exercising, etc) drink before, during, and after. A common recommendation is 8-12 ounces every 15-20 minutes.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothes and a hat. These will keep the body cooler and help the body lose less fluid through sweating.
  • Limit outdoor activities to the cooler morning and evening hours. It is especially important for athletes who are playing or practicing outdoors to remain hydrated.
  • The people most at risk are those 65 years of age or older. You can help protect your elderly neighbors by checking on them during a heat wave.

And remember:

  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher when you are outside.
  • Wear sunglasses with UV protection
  • Wear a broad brimmed hat
  • Don’t forget the bug spray if you're outside. It is mosquito (and West Nile Virus) season!

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