Department of Health provides tips ahead of hot weekend

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The Rhode Island Department of Health is reminding Rhode Islanders how to stay healthy and safe ahead of the heat expected this weekend.

According to the Department of Health, the human body normally cools itself by sweating during hot weather. However, when it’s very hot and humid, sweating isn’t enough, causing body temperature to rise very quickly.

High temperatures can cause a heat stroke, exhaustion, or cramps. Certain people, including those with babies and young children, who are outdoors are at high risk for heat-related illnesses during long periods of extreme heat.

¬†Health experts suggest the following to anyone who’s outside during extreme heat:

  • Stay out of the direct sun.
  • Try to stay in shaded areas.
  • Pace yourself when you exercise.
  • Schedule outdoor events early in the morning, when it is cooler and the air quality is better.
  • Wear light-colored and light-weight clothing.
  • Wear a hat with a brim and wear sunscreen for protection. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine.

Those inside during extreme heat, should:

  • Use air conditioning or fans, windows, and shades or curtains to keep your house cool.
  • Take cool showers or baths. Avoid cooking hot food indoors when the day is at its hottest.
  • Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Never leave a child, pet, or older adults in an unattended car during periods of extreme heat.

The Department of Health said to check on family and friends during periods of extreme heat.

Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; cold, pale, and clammy skin; nausea or vomiting, tiredness; dizziness; or headache. Anyone who shows symptoms should be moved to a cool place, put a cool wet cloth on their body, and have them sip water. Call medical help if symptoms get worse or last for more than a hour.

For more information, visit the Department of Health’s website.

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