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As temperatures rise, it's crucial to stay aware of the risks associated with extreme heat. Heat-related illnesses can be dangerous, but with a few simple steps, you can stay safe and help others do the same. Here are some easy tips to prevent heat-related deaths:

1. Stay Hydrated

Drink Plenty of Water: Aim for at least 8 glasses a day, even if you’re not thirsty.

Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol: These can dehydrate you.

2. Dress Appropriately

Wear Light Clothing: Light-colored, loose-fitting clothes are best.

Use Hats and Sunglasses: Protect your head and eyes from direct sunlight.

3. Stay Cool

Use Fans and Air Conditioning: If you don’t have AC, visit public places like malls or libraries.

Take Cool Showers or Baths: These can help lower your body temperature.

4. Limit Outdoor Activities

Avoid the Hottest Part of the Day: Stay indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Plan Activities for Early Morning or Evening: When it’s cooler outside.

5. Recognize Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat Cramps: Muscle pains or spasms.

Heat Exhaustion: Heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale, and clammy skin.

Heat Stroke: High body temperature (above 103°F), hot, red, dry, or damp skin, rapid pulse, and potential unconsciousness. **Call 911 immediately** if someone shows these symptoms.

6. Check on Vulnerable People

Elderly and Young Children: They are more susceptible to heat.

Neighbors and Family Members: Ensure they have access to cool spaces and are staying hydrated.

7. Never Leave Children or Pets in Cars

Cars Heat Up Quickly: Even with windows cracked, temperatures can become life-threatening in minutes.

8. Use Sun Protection

Apply Sunscreen: Use SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every two hours.

Seek Shade: Whenever possible, stay out of direct sunlight.

9. Be Informed

Stay Updated: Listen to weather reports and heed any heat advisories.

Know the Warning Signs: Learn the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to respond.

By following these simple steps, you can enjoy the summer while staying safe and healthy. Remember, prevention is the key to avoiding heat-related illnesses and deaths. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and look out for each other!

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