Staying safe during hot weather

Hot weather kids cooling off

MADRID, SPAIN – JULY 21: Children cool off as they play under a fountain next to the Manzanares river on July 21, 2015 in Madrid, Spain. A third heat wave this summer has seen hot weather alerts issued in 18 provinces across Spain. This July is believed to have been the hottest this century. (Photo […]

With hazy, hot, and humid temperatures expected to affect the Capital Region this weekend and into next week, here are some ways you can keep you and your family safe.

Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that high temperature kill hundreds of people every year.

There are number of factors that affect your body’s ability to keep cool during hot weather condition including the following:

  • High humidity
  • Personal factors such as age, obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use. 

Health officials say those at highest risk include people 65 and older, children younger than two, and people with chronic diseases or mental illness.

Ways to protect yourself during hot weather

  • Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Schedule outdoor activities carefully.
    • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
    • Pace yourself.
  • Take cool showers or baths to cool down.
  • Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
  • Never leave children or pets in cars.
  • Check the local news for health and safety updates.

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