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How To Get Ready For Heat WavesThe Mecklenburg County Health Department wants to make sure all residents are safe from the potentially harmful effects of the sun and hot temperatures. When temperatures are high don't forget these tips for managing your exposure to the heat. Although the elderly and very young children are at greatest risk of suffering a heat related illness, ANYONE can be affected. Spending too much time in the sun or staying too long in an overheated environment can cause harm. Even short periods of exposure to high temperatures can lead to serious health problems.
If you or anyone in your family feels they are becoming ill from exposure to the high heat, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY! For general information including questions about Charlotte and Mecklenburg County services related to the heat or any topic, call 311, the 24-hour City/County information line
Tips for preventing heat-related illness Anyone can suffer from heat related illness. It happens when your body is unable to compensate and properly cool itself. The body normally cools itself by sweating. But under some conditions, sweating just isn't enough. When this occurs, the temperature of the body rises rapidly and heat-related illness may develop.
Staying comfortable should be a priority during this weather. Even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. If you need a place to escape the elements, there are several options to cool down.
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