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Be ‘cool’ when it’s hot outdoors

Mon July 7, 2014

Summer is in full swing so it is important to take precautions to avoid illness and injury while enjoying your time in the sun. The DuPage County Health Department offers the following summer safety tips to protect residents against sunburn and heat illness: 

·        Never leave anyone, including pets, alone in a closed, parked vehicle.

·        Apply sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher 30 minutes before going outside.

·        Increase your intake of fluids - drink more liquid than your thirst indicates; avoid alcohol and caffeine.

·        Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

·        Be aware of heat exhaustion symptoms: heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, clammy skin, pale or flushed complexion, and fast and shallow breathing. 

·        If someone becomes, be sure to move the person to a cooler place; remove or loosen tight clothing; apply cool, wet cloths; and give cool water to slowly drink.

·        Be aware of heat stroke symptoms - hot, dry skin, hallucinations, chills, throbbing headache, high body temperature, confusion/dizziness and slurred speech.

·        If you think someone is experiencing heat symptoms, be sure to call 911; quickly cool the person in a cool bath or wrap wet sheets around them; if the victim refuses water, is vomiting or shows a decreased level of consciousness, do not give them anything to eat or drink.

For more information, follow the Health Department on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or visit www.dupagehealth.org.

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