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