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Tips to Stay Safe in Extreme Heat

With summer weather in full swing, hot temperatures and high humidity can wreak havoc on your body.

When the temperature and/or humidity is high here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear light clothing.

  • When you are outdoors, take shelter under a parasol or wear a wide-brimmed, well-ventilated hat.

  • Apply sunscreen to limit your exposure to ultraviolet rays.

  • Limit physical activity, especially in the middle of the day, when it is hottest.

  • Drink plenty of water (6 to 8 glasses of water a day for an adult).

  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

  • Spend at least 2 hours a day in a cool air-conditioned place.

  • Take at least one cool shower or bath daily or refresh your skin with a wet towel several times a day.

  • Close the curtains and blinds to keep your house cool.

  • Open all windows in the evening, if it is cooler outside.

Seek medical attention of you experience any of the following:

  • Headaches

  • Muscular cramps

  • Swollen hands, feet and ankles

  • Apparition of small red pimples (heat rash) on your skin

  • Unusual fatigue or exhaustion

  • General discomfort

  • Excessive thirst

  • Less frequent need to urinate

  • Dark urine

  • Dry skin

  • Rapid pulse and breathing

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