With heat indexes expected to exceed 100 in the next few days, please keep in mind that heat-related deaths and illness occur every summer, the Ionia County Health Department cautions.
Heat stress is dangerous but avoidable, and comes down to staying cool, staying hydrated and staying informed. Here are some simple tips for avoiding heat-
1. Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible.
2. Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device.
3. Avoid direct sunlight.
4. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.
5. Take cool showers or baths.
6. Drink more water than usual - Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink more fluids.
7. Drink from two to four cups of water every hour while working or exercising outside.
8. Avoid alcohol or liquids containing high amounts of sugar.
9. Remind others to drink enough water.
10. Check local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
To access a list of the warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illness, visit:
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