Before the summer ends, the Atlanta metro area will see days where the temperature will be in the 100-degree range. Extreme heat is a real threat and knowing the signs of heat-related illness and what to do can be critical for your safety. The CDC offers these three components to staying safe in hot weather:
STAY COOL – Keep your body temperature cool to avoid heat-related illness.
- Stay inside air-conditioned buildings whenever it is possible.
- Locate an air-conditioned shelter when you start to heat up.
- Do not rely solely on a fan as your cooling device.
- Avoid direct sunlight.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
- Take a cool shower or bath.
- Check on the elderly and others who may be more at risk twice a day.
STAY HYDRATED – Your body loses fluids through sweat. You need to be aware that you can become dehydrated during times of extreme heat and take precautions.
- Drink more water or other liquids than usual.
- Drink more fluids before you feel thirsty.
- Drink two to four cups of water each hour during outside work or exercise.
- Avoid alcohol or sugary beverages.
- Remind others to drink plenty of water.
STAY INFORMED – Stay updated on local weather through weather apps, websites or news stations so you can plan activities safely around extreme heat conditions.
- Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
- Read up on the symptoms of heat illness.
Urgent Care at Peachtree’s own, Dr. Clinton Carter recently appeared on Channel 46 News to explain the dangers of heat exhaustion and how to prevent it. You can watch the report HERE.