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Don’t wait to call your doctor or 9-1-1 if you experience any of these WARNING SIGNS of heat related conditions, such as heat exhaustion or a heat stroke:

Headache Nausea/Vomiting Dim/Blurred Vision, Profuse Sweating, Exhaustion, Dizziness, Hot Dry Skin, Cold Damp Skin, Muscle Cramps, Fainting.

 

Heat Strokes can be life-threatening and can come on quickly TIPS TO PREVENT heat related symptoms, particularly during power outages.

  

Drink water: Sip all day; don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages, sugary soft drinks and full-strength fruit juices. 

 

Limit physical activity and wear a hat outside, preferably with a wide brim. ? Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows should be slightly open.

  

Open windows to cooling breezes in the evening

 

Keep electric items turned off, lights low and avoid using your oven or clothes dryer.

  

Do not just rely on fans; if the temperature is 90 degrees or above, fans alone usually cannot protect against heat-related illness.

 

Take baths, showers, or find a pool to swim in; bathe in tepid water, use cool towels.

 

Wear loose-fitting cotton clothing that is light-colored and lightweight.

 

Use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher when outside

 

Eat light foods high in water content: fruits, salads, and soups. 

 

Don’t wait in or leave infants, pets, elderly or disabled persons unattended in cars or other vehicles for any length of time, even with windows cracked. Within minutes the temperature will become dangerously high and serious injury and/or death will result.

 

Bring pets indoors or ensure they have shady spots to protect them all day.

 

Make sure pets have plenty of fresh water that will stay cool all day

 

Develop a “buddy” system; keep in contact with your family & friends at least twice a day 

 

Talk to your doctor about medications; you may need to alter medications or dosages, but under no circumstances should you change your medication on your own.

 

 Use air conditioning & be prepared for power outages - if you don’t have an a/c unit at home or the power is out, go to any air-conditioned building.