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Heat Safety Measures

Heat Safety Measures

Heat safety measures can help prevent or decrease the risk of a heat-related illness. These measures include:

  • Acclimating to the heat by gradually increasing your exposure to physical activity in the heat. It may take 10 to 14 days to become acclimated.
  • Being well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water before, during, and after you are active. This is very important when it's hot out and when you do intense exercise. Drink 8 fl oz (250 mL) of water before being active in the heat. Continue to drink moderate amounts of fluid every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity.
  • Wearing clothing that is light-colored, lightweight, single-layered, and absorbent, allowing your body's sweat to evaporate.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
Last Revised September 1, 2011

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