2021 SUMMER SAFETY CAMPAIGN – AUGUST
Did you know that extreme heat causes more deaths each year than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods combined? That risk increases for adults over 65, children under 4, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease, and people without access to air conditioning.
With temperatures continuously climbing into the 90s and 100s, we encourage you to stay hydrated, cool, and informed. Learn SEPI Safety tips and tricks below to beat the heat.
When temperatures start rising, it’s important to stay hydrated to prevent heat-related illnesses. Protect yourself from dehydration by following these steps.
PACE YOURSELF. Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the heat when exercising or working outside until your body adjusts to the temperature. Listen to your body when it’s calling for rest to avoid getting sick.
ALWAYS DRINK WATER. You sweat more when it’s hotter, so it’s important to replace the fluids that your body loses. Always have a bottle of water on hand so you can stay hydrated throughout the day.
CONSIDER AIR-CONDITIONING. If it’s getting extremely hot at home, consider getting air-conditioning to prevent heat-related illnesses. You can also opt to visit the library or mall to cool off.
AVOID ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. While nothing beats a cold beer on a hot day, it only causes you to urinate more, which can lead to dehydration. When you’re craving a drink, water is still the best option.
NATURAL FLAVORING. If plain water is too boring, try infusing it with natural flavors from fruits, such as strawberries or lemon.
SPORTS DRINKS WHEN WORKING OUT. When working out, be sure to replace the fluids your body loses from sweating. Go for sports drinks since they have electrolytes and nutrients to keep you hydrated.
DITCH THE SODA. Avoid the unwanted calories and unnecessary sugar you’ll get from soda. The healthiest option for quenching thirst is still water.
- Find an air-conditioned shelter
- Avoid direct sunlight
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
- Take cool showers or baths
- Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device
- Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips
- Visit CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network to learn more about climate change and extreme heat
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