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Protect Yourself During Dangerous Summer Heat

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Summer weather can be revitalizing. But when summer temperatures soar, things can get dangerous.

Dr. Larry Mellick provides some suggests that can help you protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Dr. Mellick works in the emergency department at MCGHealth which is an academic medical center of the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Mellick suggests that you restrict your outdoor activity to early morning and early evening hours. Take frequent breaks in the shade or indoors out of the sun and heat. Drink lots of liquids, even if you don't feel thirsty. Don't drink liquids containing alcohol or alot of sugar.

Stay close to your air conditioner. If you don't have air conditioning, head for a public place that is air conditioned. If that isn't possible, keep your body temperature down to a healthy level with a cool shower or bath.

"During hot weather, monitor the condition of family, friends and co-workers, and have someone do the same for you. During a heat wave, relatives and friends should call elderly people twice a day to ask how they're doing."


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