Tips for Beating the Heat

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Although the dog days of summer officially ended on Aug. 11, tell that to Mother Nature. No, these hot sultry days are far from over and they often stretch right into early September.

Here are some important safety tips to follow to beat the heat.

  1. Slow down a little. Strenuous activities should be moved to a cooler part of the day or rescheduled for a cooler afternoon.
  2. Dress the part. Heavy wool suits and sweaters can wait a few more weeks. Stick to lightweight, light-colored clothing. This helps reflect heat and sunlight.
  3. Put less fuel on your fire. Foods like proteins help increase metabolic heat production and they also increase water loss.
  4. Drink plenty of water or other non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. The more you sweat, the more your body needs.
  5. Spend as much time as you can in air-conditioned buildings and avoid overexposing yourself to the sun.