Stay Safe During Heat Waves

August 5, 2022, 2:52 pm

Recent heat waves have caused dangerously high temperatures across the country, leading to higher risks of heat-related illnesses. Follow these tips to help you stay safe during heat waves.

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water and sports drinks.
  • Eat water-rich foods. Good options include fresh fruit and vegetables such as watermelon, grapes, and cucumbers, or even frozen treats like popsicles and ice pops.
  • Avoid exercise or strenuous activity during the hottest part of the day, about 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Stay cool with air-conditioning, fans, or a cool bath or shower.
    • If you do not have air-conditioning in your home, spend time at a public cooling center, library, or mall.
    • Contact your local health department to find a public cooling center near you.
  • Apply sunscreen when you are out in the sun to limit UV exposure, which can cause sunburn and lead to increased skin cancer risk.
  • Do not leave seniors, children, or pets in parked cars. Temperatures inside cars become even hotter than temperatures outside, becoming dangerous within minutes.

For information on heat-related illness symptoms and how to help yourself or someone else with symptoms of heat-related illness, visit



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