It’s summertime in the city, and the living is easy. But the temperature can get hot! Follow these tips to keep your cool and stay safe.

  • Wear loose, lightweight and light-colored clothing.
  • Stay out of the sun.
  • Drink lots of fluids—don’t wait until you’re thirsty. By then, you’re probably already dehydrated.
  • On very hot days, don’t exercise or do strenuous activity outdoors, and avoid crowded places.
  • Check local heat alerts online or on TV and radio reports.

No air-conditioning in your home?

Don’t rely on a fan as your only way to stay cool. Open windows during cooler parts of the morning and evening to create a cross breeze. Take cool showers and baths. And consider going to an air-conditioned place, such as a senior center, during the hottest part of the day. 

Heat-related illnesses are serious, and if you think you’re having one, get medical attention right away. Heat stroke causes high body temperature, nausea or vomiting, and a fast pulse. Heat exhaustion causes dizziness, heavy sweating, clammy skin and muscle cramps.