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Heat Safety Measures

Heat safety measures can help prevent or decrease the risk of a heat-related illness. These measures include:

  • Acclimating to the heat by gradually increasing your exposure to physical activity in the heat. It may take 10 to 14 days to become acclimated.
  • Being well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after you are active. This is very important when it's hot out and when you do intense exercise. Drink 8 fl oz (250 mL) of water before being active in the heat. Continue to drink moderate amounts of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity.
  • Wearing clothing that is light-colored, lightweight, single-layered, and absorbent, allowing your body's sweat to evaporate.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerH. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last RevisedSeptember 1, 2011

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Last Updated: September 01, 2011
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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