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Tennessee Department of Health gives Heat Safety Tips

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is sending this reminder about heat safety due to the unusually high and potentially record-breaking heat predicted in much of Tennessee this holiday weekend.

Do NOT leave children or animals in parked cars for any length of time.

High temperatures expected this holiday weekend across Middle Tennessee.

High temperatures expected this holiday weekend across Middle Tennessee.

Stay Cool:

  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Stay inside in air conditioning
  • Limit outdoor activities to cooler morning and evening hours
  • Seek shade outdoors
  • Pace yourself when doing outdoor activities
  • Wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher

Stay Hydrated:

  • Drink plenty of fluids and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink
  • Avoid sugary or alcoholic drinks, which actually cause you to lose body fluids

Stay Informed:

Follow local media and authorities for news about extreme heat alerts

  • Know the signs of heat-related illness
    • Signs of heat stroke include hot, red, dry or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; fainting and/or body temperature of 103º or higher. Heat stroke is a medical emergency – call 911 right away if you suspect someone’s having heat stroke.
    • Signs of heat exhaustion include heavy sweating; cold, pale, clammy skin; fast, weak pulse; nausea; cramps; weakness; dizziness; headache and/or fainting.
  • Monitor loved ones, especially those at high-risk for heat-related illness including infants and young children, adults over age 65 and people with medical issues.

Safe and Healthy Swimming:

Find tips at www.tn.gov/health/news/2019/5/20/splash-into-summer-with-safe-swimming-tips.html.

Find more tips on staying safe and healthy in hot weather at www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/heattips.html.


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