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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    Hot Flashes

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

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

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

    Avoid very cold drinks, which can cause stomach cramps.
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    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.
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    If you have to be outside, try to limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours, and try to rest in shady areas.
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    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.
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    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
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    dog swimming

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