Health Minute: Heat Safety

Jul 28, 2020

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Being physically active is important, but the combination of high temperatures and humidity can put your body at risk for heat-related health emergencies.

The National Weather Service recommends some simple measures to take during extreme heat to reduce health risks: 

  • Drink plenty of water, and not just when you feel thirsty.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Take breaks in a cool, shaded area.
  • Minimized time spent outdoors in direct sun and when temperatures are at their peak.
  • Never leave children or pets alone in a parked car, even with a window partially open.

You can find more information at weather.gov.

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