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For County Health Departments

Heat Precautions

For Release: (Date)
Contact: _____ County Health Department Administrator
(Phone)

Summer heat is no stranger to folks in _____ County, but it still should not be taken for granted. The _____ County Health Department warns that prolonged exposure and physical activity in high temperatures can result in heat-related illnesses that may cause heat stroke or death.

"The ability to adapt to the heat varies with each individual," said _____, health department administrator. "At particular risk are the elderly, who may not be able to adjust to increases in air temperatures, or who take medicines that decrease their ability to deal with heat."

_____ said heat precautions are also advised for persons with heart, lung or kidney problems; infants and young children; and persons whose occupations require them to work outdoors.

To reduce the potential for health hazards that could result from heat exposure, the _____ County Health Department offers the following precautions:

  • Reduce your activity level and seek a cooler environment.
  • Keep air circulating through the use of air conditioners, fans or open window. Air circulation carries heat away from the body, allowing it to cool.
  • Drink plenty of fluids such as water, fruit and vegetable juices and iced tea. Avoid alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid hot foods and heavy meals; they add to the body’s heat.
  • Wear lightweight and light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight and allow your body to maintain normal temperatures.
  • Take cool baths or showers; apply wet towels or wear damp clothing.
  • If you take medications, ask your physician if they are likely to interfere with your ability to sweat.

_____ advised persons to contact a physician immediately if signs of potential heat stress appear, including dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, cramps, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, or vomiting.

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