Too much heat is not safe for anyone. It’s even riskier for people with health problems or older adults. Here are a few tips to reduce the risk of heat related illnesses.
- Drink plenty of liquids, such as water or juices. Stay away from drinks containing alcohol or caffeine. If you’ve been told to limit liquids, ask about what to do when it is very hot.
- Know what medications might affect body temperature.
- Try to keep your home as cool as possible. Limit the use of the oven. Keep shades, blinds or curtains closed during the hottest part of the day. Open windows at night.
- Try to spend time during mid-day some place with air conditioning — a shopping mall, theater, library, senior center or a friend’s house.
- Avoid waiting in the heat for a bus.
- Dress for the weather. Wear natural fabrics, such as cotton, which is cooler than synthetic fibers.
- Limit exercise or activities outdoors when it’s hot.
- Avoid crowded places when it’s hot.
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