Heat Advisory Precautions

The following is a list of precautions people can take to reduce the risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle during hot weather.

  • Drink plenty of fluids but avoid beverages that contain alcohol, caffeine or large amounts of sugar.

  • Plan strenuous outdoor activities for cooler parts of the day; then gradually build up tolerance for warmer conditions.

  • Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment as much as possible

  • If air conditioning is not available, open windows on opposite sides of rooms for cross ventilation, and use fans to cool rooms. If temperature and humidity are extremely high, point fans out windows.

  • Take frequent breaks when working outdoors.

  • Eat more frequently but make sure meals are well balanced and light.

  • At first signs of heat illness (dizziness, nausea, headaches, muscle cramps), move to a cooler location, rest for a few minutes and slowly drink a cool liquid. Seek medical attention immediately if conditions do not improve.

  • Ask a physician or pharmacist about the effects of sun and heat exposure if taking prescription medications such as diuretics, antihistamines or mood-altering or antispasmodic drugs.

  • Check frequently on ill or elderly friends, relatives and neighbors who may need help.

  • Avoid bundling babies in heavy blankets or dressing them in heavy clothing.

Source: Texas Department of Health