Before the Event
Due to the tropical temperatures of South Florida, heat exhaustion and other heat-related illnesses become a consideration when the power goes out and homes are without air-conditioning. Problems can develop after several days of exposure to high temperatures and inadequate or unbalanced replacement of fluids.
Here are some tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help alleviate heat-related illnesses:
- Drink cool, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages. If your doctor limits the amount of fluid you drink or you take water pills, ask how much you should drink when the weather is hot. Also, avoid extremely cold liquids because they can cause cramps.
- Rest periodically
- Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
- If possible, seek an air-conditioned environment such as a mall or public library, if they have power
- Wear lightweight clothing
- If possible, remain indoors during the heat of the day
- Avoid strenuous activities
Updated January 2013