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Stay Cool in Hot Weather

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Summer is fun!

  • Summer is a good time to:
    • Go swimming
    • Ride a bike
    • Walk
    • Have a picnic
  • But summer can also be very hot.

Stay Cool!

  • If you get too hot, you can get sick.
  • Here are some tips on how to stay cool!

How do you stay cool?

  • Keep your body cool.
  • Keep your house cool.

Keep your body cool.

  • Drink plenty of water.
    • Drink a small glass of water every hour.
  • Wear cool clothing.
    • Wear clothes that are loose.
    • Wear light colors.
    • Wear clothes made out of cotton.
  • Exercise early in the morning.
  • It is cooler in the morning.

Keep your body cool.

  • Take a cool shower.
  • Wet a cloth or scarf and…
    • Put it on your neck.
  • When it gets really hot:
    • Go someplace where it is cool…
    • Like a mall or a movie theater.

Keep your house cool.

  • Open the windows in the morning and at night.
  • Let the cool air in.
  • Keep the windows closed during the day.
  • Keep the hot air out.
  • Keep your curtains closed during the day.
  • Keep the cool air inside.

Keep your house cool.

  • Turn things off when you’re not using them, like:
  • Lights, computers
  • Use your microwave instead of the oven.
  • When the air conditioner is on:
  • Keep doors and windows closed
  • Use a fan to circulate the cool air through the house

If the air conditioning goes off…

  • If it is really hot, your house can lose power.
  • Your air conditioning may not work.
  • You can stay cool by:
  • Using a battery powered fan
  • Putting a bowl of ice in front of the fan

Why stay cool?

  • If you get too hot, you can get sick.
  • You could:
  • Feel dizzy and weak
  • Have a headache or throw up
  • Sweat a lot

If you get too hot, you should:

  • Get out of the sun – get into the shade
  • Sponge with wet cloth and cool water
  • Drink something cool

If you get too hot…

  • Call 911 if:
  • You have a high temperature
  • You feel dizzy and confused
  • Your skin is hot and dry but you aren’t sweating
  • Tell them you have a medical emergency.
  • Tell them how you are feeling.

More About How to Stay Cool

  • “15 Ways to Keep Cool”
  • “Preventing Summer Heat Illness”

Information for Your Helpers

  • Community Care Licensing Division: “Tips for Licensees to Prevent Heat-Related Illnesses”
  • “Heat Illness Prevention: What You Need to Know”
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Last updated on Thu, 04/01/2010 - 15:52