Retreat from the Heat

Posted 07/30/2012 | By HealthCorps

Between 1979 and 2003, more Americans died from excessive heat exposure than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined! Extreme heat is a real concern that can cause serious health problems like exhaustion, heat stroke, cramps, sunburn and rashes.

This week, take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses.  Make sure to drink more fluids; avoid alcoholic and sugary drinks; wear lightweight, light colored and loosely fitting clothing; limit outdoor activity to the morning or evening and stay in an air-conditioned place during the afternoon heat.

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