Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell
Date: July 19, 2011
RELIEF FROM THE HEAT
With temperatures expected to climb into the high 90s by the end of the week, it's important for Delawareans to take steps to
protect their health. Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services recommends the following steps to protect your health:
- Drink plenty of water regularly. Carry water with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and
caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Check with a doctor before increasing fluid intake if you have heart, kidney or liver disease,
or if you are on a fluid-restrictive diet.
- Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid foods that are high in protein which increase metabolic heat. Avoid using salt
tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
- Slow down! If you must do strenuous activity outdoors, do it during the coolest part of the day, which is usually in the
morning between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m.
- Stay indoors as much as possible during extreme temperatures. Stay on the lowest floor possible to avoid the heat. Residents
without air conditioning may qualify for a free window air conditioner through DHSS's Summer Cooling Assistance Program. For
eligibility requirements and application information, call: New Castle County: Interfaith Community Housing of DE 302-652-3991 Kent
& Sussex Counties: First State Community Action Agency 302-856-7738
- Limit intake of sugared and alcoholic beverages which can be dehydrating.
- Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
Loosely cover as much skin as possible and use sunscreen. Sunburn slows the skin's ability to cool itself, and has been linked to
- Avoid extreme temperature changes. A cold shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can lead to hypothermia,
particularly for the elderly and children.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting
health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.