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Heat Precautions

Summer temperatures in the nation's capital can climb to the 90's (degrees Fahrenheit), but with the humidity, it can feel close to or more than 100. Sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke can result from excessive heat exposure. Senior citizens and those suffering from chronic medical conditions may be more susceptible.

Take the following precautions to protect against the heat:

  • Drink lots of water!
    Bring a water bottle and drink water throughout the day even when you are not thirsty. Minimize consumption of beverages containing caffeine or alcohol.
  • Eat throughout the day
    Eat a healthy breakfast and normal meals throughout the day.
  • Take frequent shade breaks/cool off
    Periodically get out of the heat and into the shade or air conditioning, especially between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Avoid overexertion Reduce exertion during the hottest hours
  • Loosen tight clothing
    Loosen clothing/cool off outside before entering an air-conditioned space. If you or someone you know exhibits the following signs and symptoms, go to a first aid tent and summon help.

The symptoms of heat exhaustion include:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Nausea, headache, dizziness
  • Weakness, exhaustion
  • Cool, pale, flushed or ashen skin
  • Increased body temperature

The symptoms of heat stroke include:

  • Red, hot skin
  • Change in level of consciousness (may become unresponsive)
  • Rapid or shallow breathing
  • Rapid, weak pulse
  • Body temperature of 104 degrees F or above

Heat stroke is a life-threatening condition. Cool victims rapidly with splashed water and fanning. Summon help immediately.