Keep Cool & Protect Your Health When It’s Hot!
Tips to Prevent Heat-Related Illness
- Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking more water than usual. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and liquids with large amounts of sugar.
- Schedule outdoor activities for early in the morning or later in the evening. Minimize or avoid physical exertion.
- Pace your activity. Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored, and loose clothing. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
- Rest in the shade or a cool place every chance you get to protect you from the sun.
- Stay in air-conditioned space.
- If you do not have an air conditioner, use a fan and make sure your windows are open.
- Do not eat heavy or oily foods and avoid cooking with your oven.
- Take a cool shower or bath to cool down.
- Do not sit in a hot car, even if it’s for a short period of time. Never leave a person or animal alone in a vehicle during high temperatures.
- Check on your friends and neighbors who are elderly or have medical conditions.
Who’s at Risk?
Older individuals are at higher risk for health problems when it’s very hot. Please be extra cautious if you have:
- Have existing medical conditions
- Take medication for high blood pressure or use IV drugs
- Have mental health conditions
- Have been drinking alcohol
- Have had a previous heat-related illness
Save Energy Costs
- Set your thermostat at 78 degrees or higher. You can save 3-5 percent on your air conditioning cost for each degree you raise the thermostat.
- Keep your air conditioning duct vents clean and clear. Replace filters often.
- Make sure furniture or drapes are not blocking air vents or preventing cool air from circulating.
- Replace light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL’S). CFLs use about ¼ less electricity and last ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Turn off your air conditioner and open windows for a cross breeze on cooler evenings.
- Keep lights off or turned down.
- Get your home weatherized.