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Tips for preventing heat-related illnesses

Extended heat advisories are expected through the weekend and the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Office of Emergency Management reminds you to take necessary steps to prevent heat-related illnesses.

heat-related illnessesSteps to take:

  • Stay hydrated with water; avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages
  • If possible, stay indoors with air conditioning
  • Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles
  • Check on family, friends, and neighbors who may be elderly, vulnerable, or who do not have air conditioning
  • Check on your animals frequently to ensure they have enough clean water and are not suffering from the heat
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when temperatures are in the high 90-degree temperatures, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Cool off by taking a cool shower or bath, or moving into an air-conditioned space
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
  • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, increase your intake of water
  • Rest in shady areas
  • Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a widebrimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher