CDC Issues Guidance for Coping With Lingering
MONDAY, July 25 (HealthDay News) -- Residents still struggling
with extreme hot weather in the Midwest, South and East Coast need
to make sure they stay cool and hydrated to prevent heat illnesses
and injuries such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke, federal
health officials said Monday.
Health problems caused by extreme heat kill an average of 675
people each year in the United States, more than tornadoes, floods,
hurricanes, lightning or any other weather event combined,
according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
People most vulnerable to extreme heat include the elderly,
infants and children, the homeless or poor, those with chronic
medical conditions and those who work or exercise outdoors.
The CDC offers the following tips for staying safe in extremely
- Keep cool. Air conditioning is the best way to protect against
heat illness and injury. If your home isn't air-conditioned, go to
air-conditioned public facilities such as libraries and shopping
- Stay hydrated. Drink cool non-alcoholic beverages and increase
your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. Drink more
water than normal and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink
water. Make sure that other family members, friends and neighbors
are drinking enough water.
- Think safety. Never leave infants, children or pets in parked
cars. Check on overweight people, who are more prone to heat
illness because they tend to retain more body heat. Others at
increased risk include people with chronic health conditions such
as heart disease or high blood pressure, and those who take certain
types of medications, such as for depression, insomnia or poor
circulation. Know the symptoms of heat illnesses and sun
overexposure and be prepared to provide first aid treatment.
- Keep informed. Check local news sources for extreme heat
warnings or safety tips, or sign up for free weather alerts to your
phone or e-mail.
- Be careful when exercising or playing sports. "Take breaks;
stay hydrated and move physical activities to the cooler parts of
the day if they can't be moved indoors," Linda Degutis, director of
the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, said
in a CDC news release. "We encourage people to continue sports and
recreational activities as much as possible during this heat wave,
but take the necessary steps to prevent heat-related illness and
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