Keeping Cool When It’s Hot

Weather forecasters are predicting a heat wave in Western Washington for the end of the week. Thursday and Friday could be among the hottest days of the year according to the National Weather Service.

Heat-related illness, such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke, can occur when you don’t take steps to keep cool when it is extremely hot outside. Follow these easy, prevention tips when you need to beat the heat:

  • Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in hot weather.
  • Rest frequently and seek shade when possible.
  • Avoid exercise or strenuous physical activity outside during hot or humid weather.
  • Drink plenty of fluids every day. Drink more fluids before, during and after physical activity.
  • Be especially careful to avoid overheating if you are taking drugs that impair heat regulation, or if you are overweight or elderly.
  • Be careful of hot cars in the summer. Allow the car to cool off before getting in.

Children and the elderly have a higher risk of developing heat illness, as well as people drinking alcohol.

If you’re feeling ill from the heat, get to a cooler place and lie down. Also, apply cool compresses to your skin, elevate your feet, drink fluids and use a fan to blow cool air. Seek medical attention if you continue to feel ill or if your condition worsens.

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