Health Tip of the Week:

pexels-photoStay Safe During Summer Heat

It's that triple digit time of year which means that it's also time to exercise caution when it comes to preventing illness from dangerously high desert temperatures.

Excessive heat exposure can cause illness, injury, and — in severe instances— death. Each year, between 30-50 Arizonans die from complications related to heat exposure according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Here are a few tips to prevent heat-related illness:

  • Stay hydrated- Avoid consuming excess fluids that contain caffeine and large amounts of sugar. By the time you feel thirsty, your body is already experiencing dehydration. Aim for drinking at least some water every 15 minutes.
  • Stay Indoors - Limit outdoor activity to early morning and late evenings. If you must be outdoors, find shade to rest in.
  • Dress for the heat - Wear light-weight, light colored and loose-fitting clothing.

NEVER leave an infant, child or pet unattended in parked vehicles.

Click here for a list of places offering resources and a space to keep cool during extreme heat.

Note: This information is  for informational purposes only and is not intended to serve as medical advice or treatment. Always consult with a physician or other qualified professional for any health related questions.