Tips to beat the AZ summer heat - Tucson News Now

Tips to beat the AZ summer heat

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The Rural/Metro Fore Department offers tips to help Arizona residents stay cool in the hot Arizona summer months:

  • Stay inside when possible.
  • Drink plenty of water. Between 2-3 liters is recommended per day by the Mayo Clinic Online. If you are outside you will need more.
  • Limit any physical activities to the morning or evening time to limit any heat-related emergencies.
  • Light color clothing and loose fitting will help the body cool off better.
  • If you must be outside, have a good plan. Have plenty of water for everyone, not just yourself.
  • Know how long you will be out in the sun, so you don't over extend your exposure.
  • High quality sun screen that will stay on during water activities and make sure to reapply.
  • Take more frequent breaks. If you supervise a crew of workers be easy on them, they may not be able to do their normal work load because of the heat.
  • Shade, Shade and more Shade.
  • Remember your pets, especially right now because some may still have their winter fur still falling off. Extra water and maybe bring them inside as well.
  • Listen to each other and pay attention to your health. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, sit down, rest, get fluids and call 911 if your symptoms persist.

Rural/Metro uses a heat index scale to determine when training should be limited or canceled to maintain a readiness for actual emergencies.

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