by June 8, 2011 at 9:46 am 1,199 0

From Alert DC… Residents and visitors in the District should  keep cool by staying in the shade or air conditioning and keeping hydrated. Residents are encouraged to:

  1. Wear loose fitting, lighter colored clothing. Take a ride on the metro or bus which are air conditioned
  2. If you don’t have air-conditioning, arrange to spend at least parts of the day in a shopping mall, public libraries, museums, movie theaters, or other public spaces that are cool.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
  4. Combat dehydration by drinking plenty of water along with sports drinks or other sources of electrolytes.  Avoid drinks containing alcohol, caffeine or a lot of sugar as these can increase dehydration.
  5. Remember that the elderly, infants and those with chronic illnesses can dehydrate more easily and are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Observe for signs of heat-related illness such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting.
  6. Observe infants for signs of heat related illness such as not producing tears when crying or fewer diaper changes.
  7. Don’t forget that pets also need protection from dehydration and heat-related illnesses too. Give them plenty of water.



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