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NOS Assistant Administrator Weekly Newsletter

July 25, 2013

Holly Bamford

Hi everyone,

With many places across the country drenched in high heat, I'd like to share some basic safety information related to heat illnesses.

Here are some ways to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke:

  • Using NOAA forecasts, prepare for high heat index days. Plan to spend the hottest part of the day in a cool place. Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities.
  • Drink a lot of water, especially when working outside.
  • Wear light clothing that does not trap heat.
  • If you do need to spend time outside, take frequent breaks. Rest in shaded, cool places to slow your own heat production and give your body a chance to rid itself of stored heat.

Learn how to recognize the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke and become familiar with what to do if you or someone you know experiences these symptoms. Here are more helpful tips for staying cool and healthy in the heat.

Thank you,

Holly A. Bamford, Ph.D.
Assistant Administrator
National Ocean Service

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