How to Handle Extreme Heat

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TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID HEAT-RELATED PROBLEMS

Summer heat waves bring unusually high temperatures that may last for days. Periods of extremely hot weather can cause serious health problems for everyone. In fact, among weather-related events, heat waves are a leading cause of death. To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. High relative humidity compounds the problem.

THE FOLLOWING TIPS WILL HELP YOU TO “BEAT THE HEAT”

  • Simply avoid going out into the blazing sun, if you can.
  • Drink plenty of extra water and natural juices, regardless of your activity level.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine products (coffee, cola).
  • Use fans to keep air moving. Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, windows open slightly (if you do not have air conditioning).
  • Keep electric lights down low or turned off.
  • Avoid using your oven.
  • Avoid heavy meals.
  • Avoid physical activity, if not, take frequent breaks from outdoor activity. Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
  • Monitor those at high risk: the elderly, infants and young children, people with disabilities and those taking medication for chronic health conditions.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps.
  • Listen to weather forecasts for heat advisories or heat warnings.
  • If you require emergency medical attention, call 9-1-1 immediately.
  • Take advantage of air-conditioning.
  • Wear loose, light colored clothing.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically; use cool towels.
  • Do not take salt pills unless specified by your health-care provider

During heat emergencies Elk Grove Village designates certain public buildings as cooling centers. For more information call (847) 357-4240/ 357-4120

FOR EMERGENCIES CALL 9-1-1