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What can I do to protect my family during high heat and humidity weather days?

Staying well-hydrated is the number one action we can all take to limit the effects of extreme heat. When the temperatures and heat index begins to reach 100 degrees or more, it is especially important to drink water and other drinks that contain electrolytes (salts and minerals in the body that are found in body fluids) – avoid sodas and alcoholic beverages! Contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly fine to hydrate with coffee or tea.

Limit exposure time to extreme temperatures; hydrate often; wear light colored, loose fitting and sweat absorbing clothing. Avoid the outdoors during extreme heat and stay out of the direct sun. If you must work outside, slow down and take frequent breaks. Avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest part of the day. Finally, consider postponing outdoor games and activities.