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DO'S and DONT'S

DO's
  • Provide cold fluids, preferably water
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  • Make the person lie down inside and rest
  • If symptoms are severe, get immediate medical attention
  • Drink a lot of fluids, even if you aren't thirsty.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or sugared sodas because they can make fluid leave your body faster.
  • Stay indoors if at all possible.
  • Go to a mall, movie or friend's or relative's home if your air conditioning goes out. See if there are heat-relief shelters nearby for the night.
  • Buy a fan to move air around, even if it's air-conditioned air.
  • Wear light-coloured, loose clothing. Don't over wrap babies; put a shade over them instead.
  • If you go out, do it early or after dark.
  • Cut down on exercise.
  • Stay in the shade.
  • Move slowly.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Give pets plenty of water or bring them inside.
  • Tune into weather broadcasts for the latest heat advisory or alert - and heed it!
  • Let outside workers take more frequent breaks.
  • Wet a paper towel or hankie and drape it on your face when you come inside. Other "hot spots" to place a cool compress for quick cooling include the back of your neck, underarms, and groin area.

DONT's
  • Drink ice-cold drinks; they can cause stomach cramping.
  • Leave any living being in a closed car.
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  • Take salt tablets unless the doctor says so.
  • Assume you are immune to heat outside just because you work in a hot environment like a bakery or pizza parlour. The damage can accumulate through the day.
  • Fanatically insist on your usual jogging or exercise routine, thinking the danger is not real.
  • If a heat wave occurs during a drought, which dries out vegetation, it can contribute to wildfiresPsychological and sociological effects
  • In addition to physical stress, excessive heat causes psychological stress, to a degree which affects employee performance, and is also associated with an increase in violent crime.
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