If you have to be outside for an extended period of time, take these steps to prevent heat exhaustion and dehydration.
- Drink plenty of water. The general daily water intake recommendation is eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day for women, and 12 8-ounce glasses a day for men. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothes.
- Cover up your skin from the sun as much as possible with clothing, hats, sun umbrellas, and always wear sunscreen. Sunburn or sunstroke can contribute to dehydration and heat exhaustion.
- Limit physical activity. When the heat index is high, be aware that excessive physical activity (and sweating) increases your risk of dehydration and heat exhaustion.