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Stay Cool as Temperatures Heat Up

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beach-umbrella-555x246-9182067-6102225With summer officially here and temperatures heating up, the Washoe County Health District has some tips to help everyone stay safe and cool while enjoying the best of what Reno and Lake Tahoe have to offer.

Drink plenty of fluids — even if you don’t feel thirsty. Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in hot weather, drink two to four glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour.

Stay cool indoors. The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in an air conditioned area. If you do not have an air conditioner or evaporative cooling unit, consider a visit to a shopping mall or public library for a few hours.

Stay cool outdoors. Plan activities so you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will keep the head cool. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area.

Monitor those at high risk. If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know anyone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day. When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your coworkers and have someone do the same for you.

Pace yourself. If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in hot weather, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, stop all activity, get into a cool or shady area, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or feel faint.

Use common sense. Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car. Bring your pets indoors with you to protect them. Give your outdoor animals plenty of fresh water, leave the water in a shady area, and consider wetting the animal down.

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