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Published on July 02, 2014

Protect Yourself in Hot Weather

Beat the HeatProviders at UHS have issued the following precautions in response to the current hot weather conditions:

  • Avoid strenuous activity in hot or humid weather.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat and light-colored clothing in the summer.
  • Take time to get used to a new climate before being very active or staying in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water whenever you spend a lot of time in the sun or in a hot environment.
  • Be aware of how your body reacts to intense sun and high temperatures, and plan accordingly.
  • Stay out of the hot sun, limit exposure, and wear a hat if working in intense sun.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in hot weather.
  • Drink extra water when you sweat, even if you aren't thirsty.
  • Open windows, or use a fan or air conditioner to improve air circulation.
  • Limit food intake to small meals, and limit alcohol intake and activity when it is very hot or when you're not used to a hot climate.
  • If you think someone has heatstroke, call 911 or a doctor immediately. In the meantime, give first aid as follows:
    • Move the person to a shady area.
    • Remove the person's clothing.
    • Cover the person with a wet sheet, and keep the sheet wet for cooling from evaporation.
    • Fan the person with paper or an electric fan (preferably not cold air).
    • Sponge down the body, especially the head, with cool water.
    • Continue first aid until the rectal temperature drops to 101
    • If the person is conscious, let them sip water, fruit juice, or a soft drink.  

For more information on protecting yourself from the hot weather go to:

http://www.cdc.gov/extremeheat 
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