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Get plenty to drink

Have water available for yourself, those with you when you leave your home.
Drink more water, juice & sports drinks.
Avoid drinks with caffeine [tea, coffee and cola] & alcohol.
Provide water for pets.

Stay cool, stay indoors

Stay in an air conditioned area if possible.
If you do not have air conditioning, go to a building with air conditioning.

Take a cool shower or bath.

Wear light clothing and sunscreen when outdoors

Choose lightweight, light-colored & loose-fitting clothing.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep your head cool.
Be sure to use sunscreen when outside for sun protection [SPF 15 or higher] & reapply every two hours when in the sun.

Plan outdoor activities

Avoid being out during the hottest part of the day.
Rest often in a shady area.
Never leave children or pets in a parked car.
Pace yourself when active.
Take frequent, regularly scheduled breaks.
If your heart pounds, you become out of breath, lightheaded, confused, weak or faint, stop your activity and rest in a cool or shady area.

Use a buddy system during a heatwave

Check on friends and family, especially the elderly or those with health conditions twice a day.
Have others check on you.

"The warning signs of heat illness include heavy sweating, cramps, headache, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, weakness, dizziness and fainting," said Dr. DeanKelaita, Health Officer with the Calaveras County Public Health Dpeartment. "Residents should seek medical attention if they have these signs of illness."

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