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Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

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With forecasts calling for temperatures in the 90s and heat advisories posted for some areas in the Valley we wanted to remind you about how to stay safe when it gets this hot.

The CDC says heat is the deadliest weather event.  But many problems are preventable.

Here's what experts recommend:

1. Stay Cool - Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
  • Find an air-conditioned shelter.
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
  • Avoid direct sunlight.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Check on those most at-risk twice a day.

2. Stay Hydrated - Because your body loses fluids through sweat, you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat.

  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.
  • Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
  • Remind others to drink enough water.

3. Stay Informed - Stay updated on local weather forecasts so you can plan activities safely when it's hot outside.

  • Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the symptoms of heat illness.
  • For more information, please click here.
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