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Safety tips for hot days

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Published July 20, 2021
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Temperatures are forecasted to hit the 90s for the next couple of days. Here are some helpful tips from the Minnesota Department of Health to help you stay cool and stay safe.

If you have air conditioning

  • Adjust the temperature level of your air conditioner to a higher setting. This will help prevent power outages. 
  • Consider checking on your neighbors to make sure they are safe.

If you do NOT have air conditioning

  • Fill your bathtub with cool water and soak in it to cool off.
  • Visit public spaces like shopping centers or libraries that are air conditioned.

Extreme heat tips

 Source: Minnesota Department of Health

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day.
    • Do not wait until you are thirsty before you drink fluids, (unless you are advised to reduce fluid intake by your doctor).
  • Avoid drinking alcohol.
  • Avoid drinks that are high in sugar and caffeine.
  • Avoid very cold drinks — they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay cool

  • Visit air-conditioned places (e.g., malls, libraries) if your home is hot.
  • Do not use electric fans to cool yourself when the temperature reaches the high 90’s and above — blowing air onto your body that is higher than your body temperature can actually increase heat stress.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day (usually between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.).
  • Take a cool shower or bath.

Stay informed

  • Listen daily to the local news for the weather forecast and adjust activities as necessary to stay safe in the heat.
  • Know the symptoms of heat-related illnesses; be prepared to carry out safety measures and first aid
  • Get health and safety information from your local public health department.
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