ROCHESTER – People over 65, children under two and people with underlying health conditions are most at risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But anyone can be a victim. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website notes that, each year, more than 700 people die from extreme heat in the United States.
The CDC has the tips to help you stay safe and healthy when the temperature rises. Here are a few.
- Avoid or limit outdoor activities and stay in air conditioning as much as possible. If you don’t have air conditioning, find a public place that has one or contact your local health department to find a facility.
- Don’t rely solely on a fan.
- Drink more water than usual.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Use the buddy system to keep your friends and family watching each other.
- Never leave pets or children in a car.
If you’re hot, your grandchildren will be too. Don’t overdress them. Pets also suffer from the heat. Bring them in the AC with you and make sure they have water. Check out tomorrow’s Health Fusion podcast for information on what to do if someone has heat-related health issues.
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