Health Department Offers Advice to Beat the Heat
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The Douglas County Health Department is asking everyone to take it easy during the current round of extremely warm temperatures.
‚ÄúOutdoor living is popular,‚ÄĚ Health Director Dr. Adi Pour said, ‚ÄúBut this week‚Äôs heat and humidity are making for potentially deadly conditions.‚ÄĚ
Some ideas to help you avoid heat-related problem include:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† NEVER leave a person or an animal in a closed, parked vehicle.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Drink plenty of fluids before you get thirsty, and avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine. Water is the best drink.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Take advantage of air conditioning as much as possible.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Outdoor activities should be limited to the cooler morning and evening hours. Athletes participating in outdoor activities need special attention.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Those 65 years of age or older are more at risk as are children. You can help by checking on these individuals during the day.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† A sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher should be used when outside.
‚ÄúHeat is on average, by far, the biggest weather killer in the United States,‚ÄĚ Dr. Pour said. ‚ÄúPlease don‚Äôt let it happen to you.‚ÄĚ