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5 Ways to protect yourself in the Arizona heat

Schools are out for the summer and Memorial Day is right around the corner. This is traditionally the kickoff of outdoor activities.  Whether you are a visitor or a resident, the heat can take a toll on you before you realize it. Read on the help you stay safer as we enter Arizona’s extreme heat.

⇒ STAY HYDRATED!

Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty. Carry a water bottle and take sips throughout the day. If you’re feeling hungry, drink water. Thirst is often confused with hunger. 
Did you know that your body is 60% water? That’s right! Help your body stay cooler and your organs working well by keeping them quenched with water.

Avoid drinks that contain caffeine, such as tea, coffee, or soda as well as alcohol.

A boy drinks water from a water bottle

DRESS APPROPRIATE

Wear loose, light-weight, light-colored clothing. Natural fabrics such as cotton and linen are great. Don’t forget the sunscreen (SPF 25 or higher), hat, sunglasses, or even an umbrella. Didn’t pack any of those? No worries! Cool off in one of the areas many air conditioned malls or stores and have fun picking out some new fashionable sun gear. Who knows, you might just find that perfect new look!

A woman wears a sunhat, sunglasses, and sunscreen

STAY IN AIR-CONDITIONED LOCATIONS WHEN POSSIBLE

We know you are probably here in Arizona on a vacation of some sort but there are plenty of places to visit and explore in the comfort of cool air. If you must be outside, take breaks and get indoors or at least into some shade.

⇒  KNOW THE SIGNS

Heat related illness is preventable. Know the signs to identify if you or a loved one have a heat related illness and if you need to call 911. 
Heat exhaustion happens when the body becomes dehydrated and is unable to regulate it’s internal body temperature.

 Do NOT leave a child or pets in a car! Even with the windows open the interior can reach dangerous levels On a sunny 70 degree day it only takes a half hour for the interior temperature to reach 104!

⇒  KNOW THE SIGNS

Heat related illness is preventable. Know the signs to identify if you or a loved one have a heat related illness and if you need to call 911. 
Heat exhaustion happens when the body becomes dehydrated and is unable to regulate it’s internal body temperature.

 

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