Hot Temperatures and high humidity are forecast today through this weekend, and Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect throughout the northeast. To help you beat the heat, here are a few quick tips and reminders from Dr. Robert Hulefeld, Leader of York Hospital’s Emergency Care team.

Drink plenty of fluids:  Water, water, water. Drink as much of it as you can to keep yourself cool and hydrated. If you’re looking for a place to fill up, try the  York Hospital Cafe, Long Sands, York Harbor Beach and Short Sands Beach bathhouses or head to any rest area near you.

  • Stay indoors, and head to an air-conditioned building when you can: Movies, libraries, and some eateries (including the York Hospital Cafe) will be air-conditioned and offer some quick relief from the hot day
  • Avoid exercise or exertion, especially outdoors:Even if you feel relatively comfortable in heat and humidity, exerting yourself in extreme temperatures can lead to dehydration and illness.
  • When you do have to move, take your time:Slowing down prevents your body from generating more heat.
  • Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing. Light colors reflect heat and sunlight and help maintain normal body temperature.
  • Use fans if you have them; take a cool shower if necessary. 
  • If you or anyone you know appears to be suffering from the heat exhaustion, call 911.

Please stay safe in the heat!