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City Cooling Centers Open During Heat Advisory
- Avoid poorly ventilated areas and prolonged work in the sun.
- Keep plenty of fluids on hand and try to stay inside, or take frequent breaks in an air conditioned environment.
- Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
- Wear light weight, loose fitting clothing.
- Never leave children unattended in a vehicle. Check the backseat before exiting. During extreme heat vehicle temperatures can reach lethal levels in a matter of minutes.
- Routinely check on family members, neighbors, elderly, chronically ill, and friends. If they have air conditioning available encourage them to use it.
- Replace salt and minerals: heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
- If you are on a low-salt diet, have diabetes, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage or taking salt tablets.