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Too much fun in the hot sun is hazardous. A news release from the city of Joliet offered these tips to help everyone – including seniors and pets – stay cool this holiday. And don't forget to check on friends and family members.
• Stay in an air-conditioned space.
• Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcoholic beverages, coffee and soft drinks, and make sure your pet has plenty of fresh water, too.
• Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but keep windows slightly open for air circulation.
• Stay out of the sun and heat. That goes for pets, too.
• Keep electric lights off or turned down.
• Take cool baths or showers.
• Wear loose, light cotton clothing.
• Do not eat heavy meals. Avoid using the oven.
• Avoid or minimize physical exertion.
• Do not sit in a hot car, even for a short time. Never leave a child or pet in a hot car.
• It is against the law to open a fire hydrant.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion and stroke include dizziness, nausea, lightheadedness, headache, cool and clammy skin, heavy perspiration, shallow breathing, muscle tremors and cramping.
Additional symptoms for heat stroke, which can be fatal, include severe headache, a red and dry face, skin that is hot to the touch, rapid and shallow breathing, significantly elevated body temperature, weak pulse, changes in consciousness and seizures or cardiac arrhythmias.