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Posted on: June 8, 2018

Beat the Heat: Stay Cool and Healthy

As high temperatures rise to the upper 90s with heat indexes over 100 degrees, the City is encouraging residents to take extra precautions to avoid heat exhaustion and dehydration. In extreme heat or during a heat wave, keeping your cool will keep you healthy.

While the body normally cools itself by sweating, this might not be enough during extreme heat or heat waves. In these cases, a person’s body temperature rises faster than it can cool itself down, which in severe cases may damage to the brain and other vital organs.

Older adults, children, infants, people who are overweight and people who work outdoors are most at risk for heat-related illnesses.

Here are a few tips to stay cool and healthy:

  • Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid alcohol or high sugar drinks in the heat.
  • Stay in air conditioned places as much as possible. If you don’t have air-conditioning, go to a public facility, such as a library or a community relief shelter.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Wear light-colored, lightweight and loose-fitting clothing.
  • Do NOT leave children or pets in parked cars — look before you lock.
  • Stay informed by checking for weather updates.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses in order to know how to treat them.
  • Avoid unnecessary hard work or activities if you are outside or in a building without air-conditioning.
  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim.

Keeping pets healthy:

  • Remember: If you’re hot, then your pets are hot, too.
  • If pets are kept outside, be sure they have access to shade and plenty of cool water.
  • Keep your dog off hot asphalt or concrete during walks. Hot pavement can injure your dog’s feet.

For more information on extreme heat and avoiding health risks associated with it, visit

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