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Take Cover When Heat Is High

Get tips on how to prevent heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heatstroke.

Dos and Don'ts for Extreme Heat continued...

Don't:

  • Drink ice-cold drinks; they can cause stomach cramping.
  • Leave any people or animals in a closed car.
  • Take salt tablets unless the doctor says so.
  • Assume you are immune to heat outside just because you work in a hot environment like a bakery or pizza parlor. The damage can accumulate through the day.
  • Fanatically insist on your usual jogging or exercise routine, thinking the danger is not real.
  • Skimp on water. If you are outside a lot in even 90 degrees, you can lose a half gallon of water in 10 minutes.

Staying safe in high temperatures is relatively simple: Don't take chances when Mother Nature is turning up the heat.

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Reviewed on August 07, 2007

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