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Heat Awareness Reminders

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National Heat Awareness Day is observed annually on the third Friday in May, which is just about when the weather begins to get warm and people start to plan and attend outdoor events. To protect yourself from the heat, try these tips:

  • Try to avoid direct sunlight. The body regulates heat through sweating. If exposed to excessive heat, the body cannot regulate its temperature effectively.
  • Stay hydrated. Be sure to drink water throughout the day to help regulate your temperature.
  • Replenish electrolytes. Electrolytes help the body regulate muscle function and energy. These minerals can be found in sports drinks.
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and wide-brim hats to protect your face and eye from damaging UV rays.
  • Wear light colored clothes. Light colors reflect sunlight away while dark clothes absorb sunlight.
  • Never leave children, pets, or people in a parked car for any length of time (even in low to mild heat) to prevent hyperthermia, the overheating of body, which can be fatal.

Source: weather.gov