Tips for keeping cool, healthy and safe

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent
  • Drink plenty of water - don't wait until you are thirsty
  • Stay inside in air conditioning whenever possible (movie theaters, malls, etc.) if you do not have an air conditioner.
  • Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine and sugar; they will dehydrate you
  • Eat light meals
  • Wear lightweight, light colored clothing and a hat
  • Stay in the shade
  • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours
  • Young children, older adults, and persons with medical conditions are at the greatest risk for heat related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of a heat related illness include: dizziness, nausea, rapid heartbeat, headache, absence of perspiration and dry, hot flushed skin. If you experience these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.