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  • Michael Sparks, MD

How to stay safe in this heat

Updated: Sep 27, 2023

It is hot. We can all agree on that. Maybe you are a Florida native or maybe you have moved here more recently. Regardless, these are temperatures and feels-like temperatures we are not used to seeing. Here are a few simple tips to help stay safe in the heat as summer winds down.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, even if you don't feel thirsty. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are already behind. Water is best, but you can also drink sports drinks. Avoid sugary drinks, alcohol, and caffeine, as these can dehydrate you. Let your urine guide you; urine should be pale yellow or clear if you are well hydrated.

  • Avoid strenuous activity. If you must be active, do it during the cooler parts of the day. If you are working outside, take frequent breaks in the shade and drink plenty of fluids.

  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. This will help your body stay cool.

  • Spend time in air-conditioned places. Time to catch up on all those projects around the house you have been putting off!

  • Avoid personal fans. Fan use may actually cause your body to gain heat instead of lose it. Interesting right? On very hot, humid days, sweat evaporates off the skin slower than normal, and fans make it even more difficult for the body to lose heat by sweating.

  • Don't forget about sun safety as well.

  • Check on others. Be sure to check on elderly neighbors, relatives, and pets who may be more susceptible to heat-related illnesses.


As we prepare for our children to head back to school, Dr. Sparks recently spoke with Fox 35 News about keeping safe in the heat. Check it out:

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