Summer in Florida is the time to prepare for the high temperatures that kill hundreds of people every year. Extreme heat causes more than a thousand deaths each year.
High humidity in Florida. When the humidity is high, sweat won’t evaporate as quickly as should, which keeps your body from releasing heat as fast as it may need to.
Personal factors. Age, (People age 65 and older are at high risk for heat-related illnesses and very young children) obesity, fever, dehydration, heart disease, mental illness, poor circulation, sunburn, and prescription drug and alcohol use can play a role in whether a person can cool off enough in very hot weather.
Stay in air-conditioned buildings as much as possible. Contact your local health department or locate an air-conditioned shelter in your area. Air-conditioning is the number one protective factor against heat-related illness and death.
Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you.
Don’t use the stove or oven to cook—it will make you and your house hotter.
Even young and healthy people can get sick from the heat if they participate in strenuous physical activities during hot weather:
Limit outdoor activity, especially midday when the sun is hottest.
Wear and reapply sunscreen as indicated on the package.
Start activities slow and pick up the pace gradually.
Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing.
If you play a sport that practices during hot weather, protect yourself and look out for your teammates.
Schedule workouts and practices earlier or later in the day when the temperature is cooler.
Monitor a teammate’s condition, and have someone do the same for you.
Seek medical care immediately if you or a teammate has symptoms of heat-related illness.