Stay safe in the heat of summer

Summer is officially here, which means hotter temperatures.

What you need to know

  • Certain personal factors can affect the effects of heat on your body
  • High humidity can make heat even more dangerous
  • It’s safest to stay indoors when it gets hot outside

There are many symptoms of heat stroke and heat stroke. Know the signs before heading outdoors.

Various personal and weather factors can also affect your body in the heat.

First, determine if the external heat is dry or damp. When the humidity is high, sweat does not evaporate immediately. This prevents your body from releasing heat and getting cold.

Other personal factors regarding your ability to cool down efficiently include:

  • age
  • obesity
  • dehydration
  • Heart disease
  • Poor circulation
  • Sunburn

The highest risk is for people over the age of 65, children under the age of 2, and people with chronic or mental illness.

Take precautionary measures

Once you know the risks, know what you need to do to be safe.

The best rule for hot weather is to stay in an air-conditioned building and limit outdoor activities.

Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty.

If you need to spend time outside, be sure to schedule an outdoor event early or late on a cool day. Wear sunscreen, reapply, and wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.

Always check your forecasts in the Spectrum News app and be well prepared for the day.

Stay safe in the heat of summer

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