Ÿ Slow down. Reduce, eliminate or rescheduled strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day. Children, seniors and anyone with health problems should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.

Ÿ Dress for summer. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.

Ÿ Put less fuel on your inner fires. Foods, like meat and other proteins that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.

Ÿ Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol or decaffeinated fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty. Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease, are on fluid restrictive diets or who have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and limit caffeinated beverages.

Ÿ During excess heat period, spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, go to a library, store or other location with air conditioning for part of the day.

Ÿ Don't get too much sun. Sunburn reduces your body's ability to dissipate heat.

Ÿ Do not take salt tablets unless specified by a physician.

Source: National Weather Service