Extreme heat on the way to Connecticut; here's how to stay cool and avoid health risks

Officials are urging the public to be prepared for extreme heat in Connecticut this week and to understand the signs of heat-related illnesses.

News 12 Staff

Jul 18, 2022, 10:11 AM

Updated 734 days ago

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Officials are urging the public to be prepared for extreme heat in Connecticut this week and to understand the signs of heat-related illnesses.
The Center for Disease Control says more than 700 people across the United States die from extreme heat every year, so they recommend limiting time outdoors.
The CDC says air-conditioning is the number one way to protect yourself against heat-related illness and death.
Officials say if there is no access to air conditioning inside your home, spend time in public facilities that have air conditioning, like a cooling center.
As the dangerously hot temperatures approach in the coming days, if you or someone you know needs a cooling center, call 211.
Officials say don't rely on a fan as your main cooling device during an extreme heat event.
Avoid cooking food that requires the use of the stove or oven because it will make you and your house hotter.
Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water.
Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
When outdoors, limit your activity, especially midday when the sun is the hottest.
Pace your activity and start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
Stay hydrated. Muscle cramping may be an early sign of heat-related illness.


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