Due to high temperatures, the Southwest Utah Public Health Department is advising the public to take precautions to avoid heat-related injury; especially children, people over 65 years of age or having health issues, and new residents who are not familiar with the climate.

Try to stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment during the hottest parts of the day (usually 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) Air-conditioning is the best way to protect against heat-related illness. If your home doesn’t have air-conditioning, go to a public place that does. Avoid strenuous activity outdoors during the heat of the day.

If you must be outside, stay hydrated with plenty of water and seek shade. Avoid sunburn by applying a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Wear a hat and sunglasses.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, paleness, cramps, weakness, faintness, headache and nausea. Get into an air-conditioned environment, drink fluids, rest, and take a cool shower or bath. Seek medical attention if these symptoms last longer than an hour.

If people exposed to heat have a temperature of 103 degrees or over, red/hot/dry skin, rapid pulse, dizziness, confusion, or unconsciousness, they may be experiencing heat stroke. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Cool the victim down however you can. Do not give fluids to drink.

Visit our website at www.swuhealth.org for more information.