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10 Heat-Beating Tips
If possible, stay out of the sun. When in the sun, wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothing that covers as much of your skin as possible. Consider a hat to protect your face and head.
Use an air conditioner if you have one.
If you do not have an air conditioner, keep rooms well-ventilated with open windows and fans. Consider spending the warmest part of the day in a public building such as a library, store, mall, movie theater or find a local pool.
Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids – particularly water – even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine, or high amounts of sugar.
Eat light well balanced meals and avoid hot or spicy foods.
Avoid strenuous activity, especially during the hottest hours of the day – usually 11 AM to 4 PM. If you must engage in outdoor activities, rest often and plan them for the early morning and evening. Work or rest in the shade when possible.
Cool showers or baths may be helpful, but avoid extreme temperature changes. Never take a shower immediately after becoming overheated – extreme temperature changes may make you ill, nauseated, or dizzy.
Never leave children, pets, or those who require special care in a parked car during periods of intense summer heat.
People taking medicines for high blood pressure, depression, poor circulation (water pills) may be more susceptible to heat related illnesses
Make a special effort to check on your neighbors during a heat wave, especially if they are seniors, young children, and people with special needs.