Your health, climate change, and heat-related illnesses
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Climate change increases Earth’s temperature. Cities are warmer compared to neighboring towns due to steel buildings, concrete, and paved roadways absorbing heat. Hot temperatures impact children’s physical and mental health and their ability to learn in school. Signs of heat-related health effects include feeling dizziness, dehydration, headaches, muscle cramps, difficulty focusing, increased irritability, and more.
- Dress for success: Wear protective clothes (light-colored clothing, hats, sunglasses, SPF-lined)
- Protect your skin: Wear sunscreen SPF > 30, (reapply at least every two hours and after swimming/sweating).
- Limit exposure: Avoid outdoor activity during peak sun (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and seek out shaded areas.
- Be prepared: Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and take breaks often/
- Be aware of symptoms of heat-related illness (headaches, muscle cramps, fevers, excessive sweating, dizziness, or confusion) and seek medical attention.
- Take care of each other:
- Check in on neighbors, elderly, etc.
- Engage in your local community to create and spread awareness of cooling centers.
- Assess your risk by learning about the heat index and symptoms of heat-related illness.
- Search for and visit cooling centers in your local community.
- Learn more about ways to prepare and be safe during extreme heat (12 languages available).