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How To Stay Safe In The Heat

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We are in the middle of what is expected to be West Michigan’s hottest week of the year.  Temperatures are more than just uncomfortable, they are dangerous.  Here are some tips for staying safe in the extreme heat.

Yesterday we learned that Spectrum Health was rated as one of the top hospitals in the country.  So why not go to the experts when seeking advice on staying safe in the heat?

Kristi Demock, DO, Spectrum Health Medical Group says:

Young children and the elderly are at obvious risk.  The best thing to do is try to stay indoors in air conditioning, if at all possible. If you don’t have air conditioning in your home, during the day make use of public spaces that are air conditioned, like the library or a shopping mall. At night, stay near a fan so the moving air can help cool your body.

People who work outdoors are at risk too, Demock says:

Now is the time to take frequent breaks in the shade and drink lots of water, even if it slows down the job.

It’s really just common sense, but it never hurts to have a reminder.  Drinks lots of water and take it easy.

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