Staying Safe in Extreme Heat

It’s looking to be a hot one this week in southeastern Michigan, and while the sunshine may be inviting for people of all ages, it’s also important to remember safety in extreme heat.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of safety tips and precautions from the Oakland County Health Division that will help keep you cool & safe this summer!

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  • Don’t leave infants, pets or elderly people in parked cars.
  • Check on elderly and home-bound people oft en. Encourage them to drink water.
  • Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Avoid alcohol and liquids containing large amounts of sugar or caffeine.
  • Limit vigorous activity to cooler morning or evening hours.
  • Wear loose-fi tting, lightweight light-colored clothing.
  • Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat and SPF 15 or higher sunscreen.

Seek medical attention if you or someone you know is experiencing the following:

  • Muscle pain
  • Throbbing headache
  • Cramps
  • Red, hot skin without sweating
  • High body temperature
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness
  • Fast breathing
  • Fast, weak pulse
  • Seizures

Special advice for athletes:

  • Hydrate before, during and aft er physical activity.
  • Use flavored, cold, salty sports drinks, like Gatorade to replace electrolytes.
  • Avoid wearing excess clothing, including sweatshirts.
  • Remove helmet when not playing or scrimmaging.
  • Wear a net-type jersey.

For more information on summer heat safety, call the Oakland County Health Division at (248) 858-1406 or toll free 1(800) 848-5533. Information is also available online at


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