Quick Access to UHS MyChart

Free and secure access to your UHS healthcare team and services.

Protect yourself in hot weather

June 18, 2018

UHS medical experts have issued the following precautions in response to the hot weather conditions expected for the next few days:

  • Avoid strenuous activity in hot or humid weather.
  • Wear a broad-brimmed hat and light-colored clothing in the summer.
  • Take time to get used to a new climate before being very active or staying in the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water whenever you spend a lot of time in the sun or in a hot environment.
  • Be aware of how your body reacts to intense sun and high temperatures, and plan accordingly.
  • Stay out of the hot sun, limit exposure, and wear a hat if working in intense sun.
  • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing in hot weather.
  • Drink extra water when you sweat, even if you aren't thirsty.
  • Open windows, or use a fan or air conditioner to improve air circulation.
  • Limit food intake to small meals, and limit alcohol intake and activity when it is very hot or when you're not used to a hot climate.

If you think someone has heatstroke, call 911 or a doctor immediately. In the meantime, give first aid as follows:

  • Move the person to a shady area.
  • Remove the person's clothing.
  • Cover the person with a wet sheet, and keep the sheet wet for cooling from evaporation.
  • Fan the person with paper or an electric fan (preferably not cold air).
  • Sponge down the body, especially the head, with cool water. 
  • Continue first aid until the rectal temperature drops to 101 degrees F, or until the body feels cool to the touch.
  • If the person is conscious, let them sip water, fruit juice, or a soft drink.

For more information on protecting yourself from the hot weather, go to: Extreme Heat | Ready.gov

The NYS Department of Health has published a list of cooling stations that you can go to: www.health.ny.gov