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How to Handle the Heatwave

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How to Handle the Heatwave

If you haven’t heard, a heatwave is hitting Southern Oregon.  Temperatures are expected to exceed 110 degrees around the region on Sunday.  Heatstroke is likely if you do not take appropriate measures while out in that kind of heat.  Stanford Medicine offered some tips about handling the heat back in 2006, and the wisdom hasn’t changed over the years.
Things to do in the heat:
-Drink LOTS of water (Sports drinks are more concentrated than you think.  Dilute them 1:1.)
-Take frequent rest and water breaks if you are out in the heat.
-Fan and provide water to someone who feels faint and move to the shade.
-Check on the elderly and those who do not have air conditioning.
Things NOT to do in the heat:
-Don’t leave anyone in a car, including pets.  The risk is not worth it, take the extra time to have your child accompany you, and your dog would be happier at home.  Children and animals die unnecessarily this way every year.
-Don’t take salt pills.  Doctors no longer advise this to avoid heat stroke.  Drink plenty of fluids instead.
-Don’t ignore signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
This article reviews the signs of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.  Pay attention to what your body is telling you and keep water available at all times.


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