While it gets hot in Indiana every summer, any time it gets above 90 degrees Fahrenheit you should be prepared to change your behavior to keep safe. If you have to be active in the heat, University Environmental Health and Safety has a heat stress program with detailed guidance to protect you from heat-related illnesses.
Things you should do
- Drink plenty of water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
- If you must be outside, take breaks to rest, ideally in an air-conditioned space.
- Avoid being outside midday when it is hottest.
- Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
- Slow down from your normal pace.
- Watch for signs of heat stress and take action if you experience any of these symptoms: lack of sweating, muscle cramps, rapid pulse, headache, dizziness, nausea, or confusion.
- Consider going to a public location that is air-conditioned if you don’t have air conditioning at home.
Don’t do these
- Don’t drink alcohol or caffeinated drinks; stick with water.
- Don’t exert yourself outdoors alone; use a buddy system to watch for signs of fatigue.
- Don’t ignore signs of fatigue; take breaks when your body tells you to.
- Don’t leave children or pets in parked cars.
- Don’t spend extended time in a building without air conditioning; check with local emergency management or IUEMC for cooling shelter locations.
- Don’t forget others such as the elderly or sick who are more affected by heat; check in on them twice a day at least.
- Don’t forget about your pets; keep them cool and hydrated as well.
NUMBER OF AMERICANS WHO DIE EACH YEAR FROM HEAT-RELATED INJURIES
NUMBER OF CHICAGOANS WHO DIED IN A 1995 HEAT WAVE
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