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062923 heat

Special to the News-Times

COLDSPRING — As temperatures continue to bake the area, it’s important to take precautions and stay safe in the scorching heat. 

The Office of Emergency Management and Director Emmitt Eldridge offers some tips to beat the heat.

•Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Avoid sugary drinks and alcohol, as they can contribute to dehydration.

•Dress appropriately: Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing to help your body stay cool.

•Seek shade: If you’re spending time outdoors, find shade whenever possible to protect yourself from direct sunlight.

•Limit outdoor activities: Try to avoid strenuous activities during the hottest parts of the day. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks and pace yourself.

•Protect your skin: Apply sunscreen with a high SPF to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Don’t forget to wear a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.

•Check on vulnerable individuals: Keep an eye on elderly family members, young children, and those with pre-existing medical conditions. They are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.

•Stay cool indoors: If you have access to air conditioning, use it to keep your home cool. If not, try using fans, taking cool showers, or visiting air-conditioned public places.

•Never leave children or pets unattended in vehicles: Cars can heat up rapidly, reaching dangerous temperatures within minutes. Always double-check to ensure everyone is out of the car.

Excessive heat can lead to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke, which can be life-threatening.

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