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Stay Cool When it's Hot Outside
Created on 6/29/2012

"Summertime, and the livin' is easy..." A great song from a wonderful play that well fits this time of year. Even when it gets hot outside.

And it's about to get REALLY hot out there.

You can still enjoy yourself outdoors for short periods of time even when the temperature gets above 100 degrees -

maybe you'll be playing with your kids in the community pool this weekend,

or getting up early in the morning for a walk while it's relatively cool outside,
or plan to sit beneath your porch sipping iced tea (unsweetened!) while reading a favorite book as a fan gently blows on you.

Regardless, the important thing is to keep COOL.

This is not a good weekend to plan on doing a lot of outdoor activity such as gardening or playing sports. If you have plans to do these types of things, be sure to get them in early in the day or during the early evening when it's cooler.

If you find yourself outside when the temperature gets into the triple digits, please keep these simple health guidelines in mind:

- as always, wear sunscreen (at least 30 SPF)

- wear clothing that is light yet protects your skin from sunburn

- try to stay out of the sun between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm

- stay well-hydrated - at these temperatures, it's important to drink BEFORE you get thirsty - identify the nearest water fountain and visit it frequently for a sip or two, or keep your water bottle close at hand throughout the day

- cool off any way you can - duck into an air conditioned room or store for a little while, maybe carry and use a handheld fan

It's very easy to get over-heated and sick when it's this hot outside. This is especially true for:

- young children

- the elderly

- people on certain prescription medications

So take precautions.

Should you be outdoors and begin to feel dizzy or weak get into a cool place as quickly as you can.

If you still don't feel better ask someone to help you get medical attention quickly - don't take chances. Heat-related illness can be very dangerous.

And one request from an environmental perspective -

please don't keep your car running while you run into the store so your car stays air conditioned!

Doing so contributes to air pollution, costs you gas money, and might even cost you your car if someone takes off in it!

Stay cool, stay well-hydrated, safely enjoy a hot yet beautiful weekend, and be well.
Dr. Russ
** Information on this web site is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your physician or other healthcare professional. You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, or prescribing any medication or other treatment. **

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