Heat & Sun Exposure

"Heat related deaths and illnesses are preventable. Despite this, around 618 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year." (CDC)

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  • Short U.P. Summers means that average temperatures in June, July and August are, on average, in the 60°F range

  • Record High of 104°F July 29, 1917 in Iron Mountain area. What does this mean? Heat happens everywhere, including the U.P.

  • Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash, sunburn  - there are many types of heat related illness. Be familiar with the terms and symptoms.   

  • The body typically can cool itself and regulate temperature by sweating. During days of extreme heat and humidity, the body has a tougher time keeping itself regulated which can potentially lead to heat/sun related illness - too much heat/sun CAN make you sick

  • NEVER leave children or animals unattended in a closed vehicle

  • Drink plenty of fluids (unless restricted by your doctor - always talk to your primary care provider before making any changes to your health/diet) 

  • Do not wait until you are thirty to start hydrating

  • Keep cool indoors using air conditioning or cold shower. Fans may help symptoms but will not cool down core body temperature

  • Check on family or neighbors who do not have air conditioning or are typically alone

  • Be mindful of handicapped, elderly, children, pets/animals and anyone else who may be more sensitive to heat

  •  Use morning or evening for exercise and outdoor activity

  • If outdoors:

    • Avoid physical activity at the hottest times (mid day) or if you must work in heat related conditions, use the buddy system and take frequent breaks

    • Seek shade; tree or umbrella

    • Wear dry, protective, loose fitting, lightweight and light colored clothing; try to expose as little skin as possible to avoid sun damage

    • Wear a fully  brimmed hat to cover face, ears and neck; sunglasses

    • Sunscreen: SPF 15 or greater (the higher the SPF the better) is apply every 2 hours or after you swim, get sweaty or towel off