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July is extreme heat safety month

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency is sharing tips to beat the heat because July is Extreme Heat Safety Month. High temperatures paired with significant humidity can lead to increased risks of heat cramps, heat illness, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion. Whenever possible outdoors you should take breaks in the shade, drink plenty of water and wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers the skin to prevent sunburn.
“Take precautions and reduce your risk to avoid heat exhaustion by staying cool and well hydrated” said IEMA Deputy Director Scott Swinford.
Other tips include

  • Avoid overexertion and strenuous outdoor activities
  • Don’t leave children or pets in a vehicle – Look before you lock!
  • Keep curtains and shades closed at home
  • Take cool showers or baths
  • Avoid using your oven

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