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Survive the Summer Heat

Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable—it can be a threat to your health, especially for older adults and children. Whatever your age, don’t let the summer heat get the best of you.

There are two types of heat illness to keep an eye out for this summer:

  • Heat exhaustion—Heat exhaustion occurs when a person cannot sweat enough to cool the body, usually the result of not drinking enough fluids during hot weather. A person suffering from heat exhaustion must move to a cool place and drink plenty of water.

  • Heatstroke—Heatstroke is the result of untreated heat exhaustion and is a serious medical emergency that must be treated quickly by a professional.

To prevent heat illness this summer, make sure to drink plenty of water, wear lightweight and light-colored clothing and eat light, refreshing foods. In addition, try to stay inside as much as possible, doing chores early or late in the day. By keeping these tips in mind, you’re on your way to beating the heat.

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