With temperatures in the 90s this week, it's time to remember to take extra care of our older residents and children, according to the state Department of Health.

Adults 65 and older, children under 4, people with existing medical problems such as heart disease and those without access to air conditioning are at the greatest risk in the summer months, the department said in a news release.

The most common heat-related illnesses are heat stroke and heat exhaustion, it said. Heat stroke is a very serious illness characterized by very high body temperature, rapid pulse, throbbing headache, dizziness and confusion. Heat exhaustion symptoms are heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea or vomiting and fainting.

Here are some tips to heed during the hot York County summer:

---Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty to drink more fluids.

---Check on high-risk individuals often and remind them to drink enough water.

---Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as well as liquids containing high amounts of sugar.

---Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing.

---Avoid direct sunlight and limit outdoor activities to early morning or evening hours when temperatures are usually cooler.

---Never leave children or pets in vehicles.

---Stay in air-conditioned areas as much as possible to cool down and prevent heat-related illnesses.

For more information about staying safe in the sun, visit www.health.


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--Reach Mollie Durkin mdurkin@yorkdispatch.com.