Drink Up!

Cups of water

Drink two to four glasses of cool fluids each hour. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.

It’s hot. Very hot.

You may have heard the message a million times: drink plenty of fluids.

But are you? Are you at risk for heat stroke, exhaustion or other ailments during this heatwave? Are you making sure children, elderly, pets and other vulnerable populations are staying hydrated? Check in on neighbors, refill your dog’s bowl often. Call your elderly relatives. It’s easy to forget to drink fluids, but it’s important during the heatwave this weekend.

Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency – call 9-1-1 if anyone you know exhibits signs of heat illness.

Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening and schedule frequent rest breaks in shaded or air-conditioned environments.

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In the cold of January we may miss the heat, but while it’s here, we need to take it seriously and take care of ourselves and our community.

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