Beat the Heat this Summer!

Posted 7/8/2020 in Public Health

Summer is here!  With temperatures rising, Delaware County Public Health reminds you to take precautions during rising summer temperatures.

Excessive heat can lead to a number of health concerns. Everyone is at risk. Those at greatest risk include people 65+; infants and young children; overweight individuals; those doing manual labor or exercising outdoors; people with chronic health conditions, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure; or people who take certain medications for things like depression, insomnia, or poor circulation.

Use common sense when temperatures soar and humidity levels are high.

  • Limit outdoor activities between 10 AM and 2 PM
  • Keep cool. Stay in the shade or air-conditioned areas as much as possible.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, even if you are not thirsty, regardless of your activity level.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Wear hats that shade your face.
  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Work slowly if you are not used to working or exercising in heat and humidity. Stop immediately if you get dizzy, nauseated, or feel weak. Go into an air-conditioned space and drink cool liquids (non-alcoholic).

Check on your neighbor, friends, and relatives. Heat-induced illnesses can cause confusion or even loss of consciousness.

If you have questions, please contact Delaware County Public Health at 563-927-7551.

For additional info, please visit:
Iowa Department of Public Health www.idph.iowa.gov
Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com