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No air conditioning? Get tips on how to handle extreme heat

Hot, humid weather puts everyone at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. In this episode of NewsMD's "Health Fusion" with Viv Williams, find out how to prevent heat-related illness.

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Protect yourself from exposure to extreme heat
Viv Williams
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ROCHESTER — People over 65, kids under the age of two and people with underlying medical conditions are at the greatest risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But everyone can fall victim to it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website notes that, every year, more than 700 people die from extreme heat in the US.

The CDC has the tips to help you stay safe and healthy when the temperature soars. Here are some of them.

  • Avoid or limit outdoor activities and stay in air conditioning as much as possible. If you don't have air conditioning, find a public place that does or contact your local health department to find a facility.
  • Don't rely on just a fan.
  • Drink more water than usual.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Use the buddy system to have friends and family check on each other.
  • Never leave pets or kids in a car.

If you're hot, your little children will be too. Don't over dress them. Pets suffer from heat too. Bring them in the air conditioning with you and make sure they have water. Check out tomorrow's Health Fusion podcast for information on want to do if someone gets into heat-related health trouble.

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