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During extremely hot weather, you should take the following precautions:

·       Stay indoors as much as you can, on lower floors if possible.

·       Limit exposure to the sun and use sun block with a high sun protector factor rating (at least 15 spf) if you must be outdoors.

·       If your home does not have air conditioning, spend the hottest part of the day in public buildings such as libraries, schools, movie theaters, shopping malls, and other community facilities.

·       Use fans.  Circulating air can cool the body by increasing the perspiration rate of evaporation.

·       If you have window air conditioning, eliminate any holes or gaps around the installation.

·       Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

·       Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.

·       Drink plenty of water. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restricted diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.

·       Limit intake of alcoholic beverages.

·       Dress in loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

·       Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

·       Check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning and who spend much of their time alone.

·       Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.

·       Avoid strenuous work during the warmest part of the day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Have a buddy system when working in extreme heat, and take frequent breaks.