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11 Tips for Surviving Sizzling Temperatures
It's important to take steps to protect your body from extreme heat. Find out what you can do to stay safe and healthy during a heat wave with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hot Flashes

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place.

Crying Baby

Don’t leave babies, children, or pets in cars, not even for a short time. Heat can kill quickly.

drinking water

Drink more fluids. If your doctor has limited your fluid intake or if you’re taking “water pills” (diuretics), check with your doctor first.

Margaritas

Don’t drink liquids containing alcohol or lots of sugar. Those drinks may make you lose more body fluid.

Wine Coolers

Avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.

Heat Wave

If you sweat heavily, you may need to replace salt and minerals. A sports beverage may help, but if you’re on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking sports drinks or taking salt tablets.

(Irfan Khan/Associated Press)

jogging sunset

If you have to be outside, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to rest in shady areas.

bikini body

If you must go outside, wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and eyeglasses.

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Workout Partner

Use a buddy system if you’re working in the heat. Look out for your co-workers and have someone do the same for you.

Senior Nutrition

Check up on high-risk people, including kids, senior citizens, and people who are ill. Visit at-risk adults at least twice daily. Babies and kids need much more frequent checks.

(Dean Mitchell)

dog swimming

Provide your pets with plenty of fresh water in a shady area.

(iStock)

11 Tips for Surviving Sizzling Temperatures

It's important to take steps to protect your body from extreme heat. Find out what you can do to stay safe and healthy during a heat wave with these tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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