The Texas Department of State Health Services is reminding residents to stay safe in the season of extreme heat. Residents are advised to take proactive measures to defend against heat-related sickness.

Hot weather is part of life in Texas. Prolonged or intense heat stress can be fatal to anyone; however, people age 60 and older typically are most at risk. During heat waves, be mindful of the following heat-beating tips:

  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible
  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Those without an air conditioning system should seek refuge in an air-conditioned shelter during extreme heat
  • Do not rely on a fan as a primary cooling device during an extreme heat event
  • Drink more water than usual and do not wait for signs of thirst to drink
  • Avoid alcohol or liquids containing large amounts of sugar
  • Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Seek medical care immediately when experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness like muscle cramps, headaches, nausea or vomiting
  • When planning activities, choose cooler hours to be outdoors
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