Be prepared to beat the summer heat

   As the temperatures hover at or above 90 degrees and the humidity makes it feel like it is 100+ every day, you need to be prepared as you take on the heat.
   With 90+ degree days forecast this week and probably the rest of the summer, precautions should be taken to beat the heat.
   According to the Center for Disease Control, people suffer heat-related illness when their bodies are unable to properly cool themselves. The body normally cools itself by sweating.
   However, there are several conditions that do not allow the body to cool itself quickly enough, including high humidity which will not allow sweat to evaporate as quickly, preventing the body from releasing heat quickly.
   Other conditions include age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use.
   Below is a list of how to beat the heat, as well as warning signs for heat stroke and heat exhaustion, provided by the CDC.
   If you recognize another or you are suffering from any of these signs, seek medical assistance immediately.
   For more details, log on to the CDC Prevention Guide for Extreme Heat.
Beat the Heat
* Drink plenty of fluids (2-4 glasses every hour).
* Replace salt and minerals that are sweat out.
* Where appropriate clothing and sunscreen.
* Schedule outdoor activities during the cooler part of the day.
* Pace yourself.
* Stay cool indoors.
* Use a Buddy System, monitor those around you.
* Pay special attention to those at higher risk (see list above).
* Do not leave children or animals in cars.
* Use common sense.
Heat Stroke Warning Signs
* An extremely high body temperature (above 103°F, orally)
* Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
* Rapid, strong pulse
* Throbbing headache
* Dizziness
* Nausea
* Confusion
* Unconsciousness
Heat Exhaustion Warning Signs
* Heavy sweating
* Paleness
* Muscle cramps
* Tiredness
* Weakness
* Dizziness
* Headache
* Nausea or vomiting
* Fainting

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