Did you know? Heat illnesses can affect you quickly, and can lead to long-term health problems and even death. They are mainly caused by being over exposed to extreme heat especially if you are doing too much for your age and physical condition.
Heat illnesses include:
- heat edema (swelling of hands, feet, and ankles)
- heat rash
- heat cramps (muscle cramps)
- heat fainting
- heat exhaustion
- heat stroke
Heat illnesses are preventable. During extreme heat, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated.
Follow these five steps to protect yourself and your family in very hot weather:
- Prepare for the heat
- Pay close attention to how you – and those around you – feel
- Stay hydrated
- Stay cool
- Avoid exposure to extreme heat when outdoors
For more information about extreme heat, click here.