Hot Weather Tips

Tips to Keep Cool and Protect Yourself from the Heat: 

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  • Drink plenty of water: Drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.  Avoid alcohol, caffeine or lots of sugar because they will speed up fluid loss.

  • Limit physical activity: Avoid physical activity during the hottest time of the day, typically between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • Stay in air-conditioned areas, whenever possible.

  • Cool off by taking a cool bath or shower: If you feel very hot, cool off by taking a cool bath or shower. Do not cool children in alcohol baths. Cool, plain water baths or moist towels work best.

  • Wear lightweight and loose-fitting clothing: Keep cool in lightweight, light-colored, and loose fitting clothing such as cotton, so sweat can evaporate.

  • Never leave anyone or pets in closed, parked cars: Do not leave people or pets locked inside a closed, parked car.

  • Do not bundle babies in blankets or heavy clothing: Infants do not tolerate heat well because their sweat glands are not fully developed.

  • Cover Your Head: Wear a wide-brimmed, vented hat or use an umbrella when outdoors because your head absorbs heat easily.

  • Wear Sunglasses and Sunscreen: Put on sunglasses and sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher when outdoors.

  • Rest often in shady areas: Find shady places to rest and cool down when outdoors.

County of Santa Clara Office of Emergency Services ​​​Hot Weather Information with List of Cooling Centers


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