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It’s best to stay indoors in the comfort of air conditioning when Phoenix is experiencing periods of excessive heat.

However, there are times when that’s not desirable, or even possible.

Here are five tips that could help you stay safe during extreme heat.

Drink lots of water

It’s important to stay hydrated when temperatures soar.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, people should drink at least 2 liters of water per day. Those who spend time outdoors should drink 1 to 2 liters per hour while outside. The body can lose up to 4 liters of water per hour during strenuous activity, so be careful.

Carry water and drink before you feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body.


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Dress for the heat

Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy.

It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.

Wear sunscreen

If you have to be outside during the heat, be sure to wear sunscreen. Apply sunscreen every two hours, and more frequently if you’re in the water or sweating heavily.


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Adjust eating

Experts recommend eating small meals and eating more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.

Take it easy

Try to avoid strenuous activity.

If you have to exert yourself, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Take regular breaks in a cool place, or at least in the shade, if possible.

Source: Arizona Department of Health Services.


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