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May 26th: National Heat Awareness

National Heat Awareness Day is May 26, 2019. The National Weather Services advises citizen to never leave children, pets, or disabled persons in a car for any length of time. Sunlight can pass through a windshield but gets trapped inside the car. Even in winter, heat can get trapped inside a car.

During your Memorial Day picnic, remember to stay hydrated and out of direct sunlight. The body regulates heat through sweating. If exposed to excessive heat, the body cannot regulate its temperature effectively.

To protect yourself from the heat, try these tips:

  • Drinking water. It may sound obvious but drinking lots of water may help regulate your temperature.
  • Electrolyte salts. These salts can be found in sports drinks. Regularly replenishing these salts may help during hot and sometimes humid conditions.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • Wear light colored clothes. Light colors reflect sunlight away while dark clothes absorb sunlight.

We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!