You and Your Health
Health Tip: Prevent Heat-Related Illness
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Suggestions to keep your cool
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.