Tips to stay cool if you must be outdoors

The Avenue Angels work to keep Independence Avenue clean, even when temperatures soar.

By Dominique McCrary

Northeast News Editorial Assistant

As the summer continues to heat up, there are many people who are at risk of heat related illnesses. With the CID Avenue Angels cleaning up the neighborhood and with construction continuing up and down the streets, it is important for everyone to know how to stay safe in the summer heat.

To avoid heat exhaustion wear loose fitting clothing, drink plenty of fluids, protect against sunburn, and take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. One of the other most important things to do is to never stay or leave anyone in a parked car.

Those who are young or old, obese, or taking current medications can be at a higher risk. Those who are older may be able to take advantage of Project ElderCool, a program run by the Bishop Sullivan Center. This program allows low-income senior citizens to receive a free air conditioning unit. This program was started to reduce heat-related deaths.

If heat exhaustion or heatstroke occurs, it is recommended to lower the body temperature as soon as possible. Getting in a cold bath is one method to help lower the core body temperature. According to Mayo Clinic, if a cold bath is not available, misting cold water on the body while warm air is being fanned onto the skin should cause the water to evaporate, and cool the skin.

If the cold water or mist does not help, them applying ice packs to the groin, neck, back, and armpits should help, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Staying hydrated and in a cool place should prevent heat stroke and heat related illnesses from occurring. It also helps to take cool showers or baths, and avoid sugary or alcoholic beverages.

Taking precautions can help you avoid heat-related illnesses including heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

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