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BEAT THE HEAT – Statetimes

As temperatures rise and the sun shines relentlessly, it’s crucial to take proactive measures to stay cool and safe during the scorching summer months. To beat the heat, it is paramount to stay hydrated. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty, and supplement your fluid intake with water-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. Dressing appropriately can also make a big difference – choose lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton and linen that allow air to circulate and sweat to evaporate, and wear light-colored clothing to reflect sunlight. Seeking shade where possible, especially during peak hours between 10am and 4pm, is essential to prevent overheating. Limiting outdoor activities during these hours and scheduling them in the early morning or late evening can also help minimize heat-related risks. Use fans and air conditioning indoors to stay cool, and take cool showers or baths to lower body temperature. Eating light meals that are hydrating and easy to digest, protecting your skin from harmful UV rays with sunscreen and protective clothing, and keeping a close eye on vulnerable individuals such as children, the elderly and pets are all crucial steps to heat and beat the heat. Enjoy a safe and comfortable summer. By following these tips and listening to your body’s signals, you can stay cool, hydrated and healthy even in the hottest weather.

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