As the country continues to experience sustained periods of extremely high temperatures, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has released a blog with tips to help prevent heat-related illnesses and spot warning signs. People with IDD are at particular risk, as are children, seniors, and people with low incomes.
Some tips include:
- Spend time in locations with air-conditioning when possible.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Good choices are water and diluted sport electrolyte drinks (1 part sport drink to 2 parts water) unless told otherwise by a doctor.
- Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
- Never leave a child [or any person] or a pet in a parked car - even if the windows are open.