senior heat resizedExtreme heat happens when temperatures are much hotter and/or there is more humidity than normal. The following tips will help you and your loved ones stay safe during dangerous heat waves.

.    Stay indoors in air conditioning as much as possible.
.    Drink plenty of water during the day—don’t wait until you are thirsty!
.    Outdoor workers should drink between two and four cups of water every hour while working.
.    Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar.
.    Limit your outdoor activity to mornings and eve¬nings and rest often in the shade.
.    Wear light-colored and loose-fitting clothing, a hat, sunglasses and an SPF15 or higher sun-screen.
.    Check on those who may be more at-risk from high temperatures; such as infants, young children, people 65 or older, and people with chronic medical conditions.
.    Never leave your children or pets in a vehicle.

Know the following symptoms of heat stroke, a life-threatening, heat-related illness: An extremely high body temperature; red, hot and dry skin with no sweating; rapid, strong pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; unconsciousness. If you think someone has heat stroke, call for emergency medical attention and move them to a shady area. Cool the person, but do not give the victim any fluids.
Know the following symptoms of heat exhaustion: Heavy sweating; paleness; muscle cramps; tiredness; weakness; dizziness; headache; nausea or vomiting; and fainting. Help the victim cool off and call for medical attention if symp-toms are severe, last for more than one hour, or the victim has heart problems or high blood pressure.
Keep safe and enjoy the summer.
(PA Dept of Health)

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