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.
  • Drinkplenty of water. Between 2-3 liters is recommended per day by the Mayo ClinicOnline. If you are outside you will need more.
  • Limitany physical activities to the morning or evening time to limit any heat-related emergencies.
  • Lightcolor clothing and loose fitting will help the body cool off better.
  • If youmust be outside, have a good plan. Have plenty of water for everyone, not justyourself.
  • Knowhow long you will be out in the sun, so you don't over extend your exposure.
  • Highquality sun screen that will stay on during water activities and make sure toreapply.
  • Takemore frequent breaks. If you supervise a crew of workers be easy on them, theymay not be able to do their normal work load because of the heat.
  • Shade,Shade and more Shade.
  • Rememberyour pets, especially right now because some may still have their winter furstill falling off. Extra water and maybe bring them inside as well.
  • Listento each other and pay attention to your health. If you feel dizzy orlightheaded, sit down, rest, get fluids and call 911 if your symptoms persist.

Rural/Metro uses a heat index scale to determine whentraining should be limited or canceled to maintain a readiness foractual emergencies.

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