Ways to prevent heat-related illnesses

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)- With extreme heat headed our way, it is time to start preparing to battle heat related illnesses. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says that heat-related deaths and illness are easily preventable, yet annually many people succumb to extreme heat.

The CDC lists three precautionary steps that need to be taken to avoid this: stay cool, stay hydrated, and stay informed.

Stay Cool

In order to avoid heat related illnesses you need to keep your body cool. So, try to stay in air conditioning as much as possible. When you are outside in the sun, don’t just rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.

Wearing lightweight clothing is a great way to keep cool. If you are working outside in the heat, find some shade to take a break under as often as possible. After working or exercising outdoors, taking a cool shower is helpful.

Stay Hydrated

Start chugging water before you are even thirsty. The CDC suggests drinking 2 to 4 cups of water every hour while working outside. If you are outside for a long period of time, you should avoid drinking alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugars.

Stay Informed

Watch WHNT News 19 for the daily and hourly forecast. That way you can plan ahead and not allow yourself to be in a dangerous situation.  Download the WHNT News 19 Live Alert App to have with you when you are on the go. It is a great way to get the latest forecast and more.

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