Monday, July 9, 2007

Sizzling Heat

Up and Up it goes - summer temperatures are beginning to soar! During hot and humid weather, the body's internal temperature can rise. Watch out for heat-related illnesses such as sunburn, dehydration, heat cramps, heat rash, heat exhaustion, or worse... heat stroke.

Who's at risk?
Plain and simple, Everyone. Although some people may be at greater risk than others. Babies, small children, and older people are more susceptible, as well as anyone suffering from a recent illness like diarrhoea or mild dehydration.

Think Prevention!
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before, during, and after any hot and sunny activity. Stay in the shade as much as possible. Avoid alcohol and sodas, and for pete's sake don't overexert yourself!

For more information on emergency preparedness and response visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's FAQ About Extreme Heat.

Note: All information is for informational purposes only. For specific medical advise, consult a doctor.

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