Hot Weather Survival Tips

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2009-06-24 10:15

Patrick McNulty, Public Health Administrator for the McHenry County Department of Health, advises the community to be cautious during this prolonged period of excessive heat.

The following hot weather tips are recommended to prevent heat-related illness:

• Drink 1 ? quarts of fluid per day to prevent dehydration. Water, fruit juices and juice drinks are best. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. Parents should be sure young children get sufficient fluids. If you are on a special fluidrestricted diet or if you take diuretics, ask your physician about fluid intake during hot weather.

• Avoid alcohol and caffeine because they dehydrate the body.

• Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to a public place that does have air conditioning. Fans alone will not effectively cool an overheated person when air temperatures are above 90 degrees F.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. When spending time outdoors, avoid direct sunlight, wear a hat and use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) greater than 15 to protect yourself against sunburn.

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