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For most of us, summer means warm weather, vacations, time in the sun, and outdoor activities. These changes to our daily routines can also bring significant risks. Hot weather is a major risk factor for things like heatstroke, sunburn, and heat exhaustion. This July, help your members stay safe in the summer heat. The Healthwise Knowledgebase is full of resources to help people learn how to safely stay active in hot weather, how to protect their skin, and how to take care of themselves in extreme temperatures.

Stay active, stay safe in summer heat

Safety Precautions in the HeatAfter months of cold weather, there’s nothing like getting outside when the weather turns warm. Whether you’re doing a little gardening or are training for the next marathon, it’s important to take precautions to keep yourself safe in the heat. This helpful guide offers tips for being active when the weather turns warm, when it gets really hot, and when humidity increases. You’ll also learn how to stay active indoors when the weather gets too hot to safely exercise outdoors. And it describes the symptoms of heatstroke, a dangerous condition that often requires immediate medical attention. [Create a hyperlink to the Quick Tips: Staying Active in Hot Weather Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ad1203]

Know your risk during a heat wave

There always seem to be days when the summer heat is unbearable. But when a few hot days turn into many or even a week or more, that’s called a heat wave, and the risk for a heat-related illness is greater than normal. Learn how the National Weather Service determines when a heat wave is taking place and what the heat index really means. This guide will also explain who is more at risk for heat-related illnesses during a heat wave and what else can affect your risk. [Create a hyperlink to the Heat Waves Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw3299]

Prevent heat-related illnesses

Dogs pant, elephants radiate heat from their ears, and humans sweat. It’s a body’s way of transferring heat to try to keep a normal temperature. But when our bodies can’t transfer enough heat to keep us cool, that’s when a heat-related illness occurs. Learn how your body reacts to high temperatures and the difference between a high temperature caused by heat and one caused by a fever. This helpful guide also discusses the different kinds of heat-related illnesses like heatstroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps. Click the link to check your symptoms and decide if and when you should see a doctor. [Create a hyperlink to the Heat-Related Illnesses Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=htske]

What you need to know about heatstroke

There’s a lot you can do to help yourself stay cool during the dog days of summer. But when your body can’t cool itself down and your temperature rises, that’s when you need to take action. This helpful guide discusses signs of heatstroke like unconsciousness, confusion, fast heart rate, and hot, dry skin. Heatstroke is a medical emergency that can be life-threatening or cause long-term complications. First, call 911, then turn to this guide, which will walk you through first aid steps you can take while waiting for help to arrive. [Create a hyperlink to the Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw3250spec]

Keep your skin safe this summer

There’s more to know about sunburns than how to treat red and blistering skin. Protecting your skin from the sun decreases your chances of getting skin cancer, and it also can help prevent wrinkles. Did you know that staying out of the sun during certain times of the day will help decrease your sun exposure, or that certain sunglasses will help prevent eye damage? Find out how to protect yourself and your children from sun exposure and how to choose and apply a sunscreen with this helpful guide. [Create a hyperlink to the Protecting Your Skin From the Sun Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tv6658spec]

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  • Use this guide to stay safe in the summer heat. [Insert a shortened URL to the Quick Tips: Staying Active in Hot Weather Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=ad1203]
  • What is a heat wave and who is at risk for heat-related illnesses? [Insert a shortened URL to the Heat Waves Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw329]
  • Learn how your body reacts to high temperatures and check your symptoms here. [Insert a shortened URL to the Heat-Related Illnesses Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=htske]
  • When your body can’t cool itself down, it may be time to call 911. Here’s help deciding. [Insert a shortened URL to the Emergency First Aid for Heatstroke Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tw3250spec]
  • Learn what you can do to protect your skin from the summer sun. [Insert a shortened URL to the Protecting Your Skin From the Sun Topic Overview on your website. DOCHWID=tv6658spec]

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