Taking Care During Heat Wave

By: Ashmar Mandou

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - HealthChicago is facing extreme heat this week as record-breaking high temperatures scorch the country. Heat-related deaths and illnesses can be prevented, but extreme heat still claims the lives of people in this country every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As heat waves become more common and last longer, heat-related deaths are also on the rise with some 2,300 occurring in 2023 alone. A few symptoms to look out for include:

• Tiredness and weakness

• Dizziness and light-headedness

• Headaches

• Flushed skin

• Muscle cramps

• Dry mouth

• Thirst

No matter your age or risk level, during a heat wave it’s important to check your local news for extreme heat alerts, safety tips and information about cooling shelters. Take care of yourself and others by monitoring symptoms and practicing general heat safety. According to the CDC and the American Red Cross taking easy steps to stay safe in extreme heat can help:

• Stay inside and stay cool

• Make sure your home has sufficient air flow

• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing

• Avoid heavy physical activity in the heat

• Avoid going outside during the hottest time of day (mid-afternoon)

• Drink plenty of water (at least five cups a day)

• Avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol as they can cause dehydration

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