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Lenawee County Emergency Management
Wednesday July 7th, 2010 :: 10:36 a.m. EDT

during the extream heat we are experiencing, dress light, drink plenty of water & avoid stenuous activies

With the recent heat that we have been expreiencing here inthe county I want to pass along some imoportant information on how to prevent heat related illness from occuring. The American Red cross offers these Heat related Safety Tips:

* Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun's energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
* Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
* Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
Slow down. Avoid strenuous activity. If you must do strenuous activity, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 and 7 a.m.
* Stay indoors when possible. If air-conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they simply circulate the air.
* Be a good neighbor. During heat waves, check in on elderly residents in your neighborhood and those who do not have air conditioning.
* Learn Red Cross first aid and CPR.

Lenawee County Emergency Management
150 W Maple Ave
Adrian, MI 49221

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 517-264-4759

Curtis Parsons
Office of Emergency Managment

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