Heat-Related Illness Prevention

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By: Katie Heck

It’s still hot! Even as we begin the school year it’s important to keep heat-related illnesses in mind. Heat-related illnesses happen when the body is not able to properly cool itself. This can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

The CDC breaks down tips for preventing heat-related illness into three categories; Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, and Stay Informed.

STAY COOL

Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible.

Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover.

STAY HYDRATED

Drink Plenty of Fluids: Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced.

STAY INFORMED

Know the Signs: Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.

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