Stay Cool Tips
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Choose lightweight, light-colored, and loose-fitting clothing
Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully
It is best to limit your outdoor activity to when it is coolest. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to cool down
If you are not accustomed to working or being outside in a hot environment, you will want to pace yourself. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for break, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.
Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes before you go out into the sun! Continue to reapply the sunscreen according to the package directions.
Do NOT Leave Children or Pets in the Car
Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When traveling with children, remember to do the following:
• Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car, even if the windows are cracked open.
• To remind yourself that a child is in the car, keep a stuffed animal in the car seat. When the child is buckled in, place the stuffed animal in the front with the driver.
• When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.
Stay Hydrated Tips
Drink Plenty of Fluids
Drink more fluids, regardless of how active you are. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink.
• Warning: If your doctor limits the amount you drink or has you on water pills, ask how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
• Stay away from very sugary or alcoholic drinks—these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
• Replace Salt and Minerals: Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body that need to be replaced. A sports drink can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
Stay Informed Tips
Check for Updates
Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips and to learn about any cooling shelters in your area.
Know the Signs
Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
Monitor Those at High Risk
Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others:
• Infants and young children
• People 65 years of age or older
• People who are overweight
• People who overexert during work or exercise
• People who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure, or who take certain medications, such as for depression, insomnia, or poor circulation
Remember to Wash Your Hands
While Jackson County Public Health is working hard to keep the food you eat safe, it is important to do your part and wash those hands! There are many handwashing stations throughout the venue for you to use, don’t forget to use them and have fun!
When Should I Wash My Hands?
• Before, during and after preparing food
• Before eating
• Before and after caring for someone who is sick
• Before and after treating a cut or wound
• After using the bathroom, changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the bathroom
• After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
• After touching an animal, animal food, or treats, animal in cages, or animal waste
• After touching garbage
• If your hands are visibly dirty or greasy
Food Safety Tips When Camping
If you are traveling with perishable food, place it in a cooler with ice or freezer packs. When carrying drinks, consider packing them in a separate cooler so the food cooler is not opened frequently. Have plenty of ice or frozen gel-packs on hand before starting to pack food. If you take perishable foods along (for example, meat, poultry, eggs, and salads) for eating on the road or to cook at your vacation spot, plan to keep everything on ice in your cooler.
Pack perishable foods directly from the refrigerator or freezer into the cooler. Meat and poultry may be packed while it is still frozen; in that way it stays colder longer. Also, a full cooler will maintain its cold temperatures longer than one that is partially filled. Be sure to keep raw meat and poultry wrapped separately from cooked foods, or foods meant to be eaten raw such as fruits.
If the cooler is only partially filled, pack the remaining space with more ice. For long trips to the shore or the mountains, take along two coolers — one for the day's immediate food needs, such as lunch, drinks or snacks, and the other for perishable foods to be used later in the vacation. Limit the times the cooler is opened. Open and close the lid quickly.
Remember to keep the cooler in a shady spot. Keep it covered with a blanket, tarp or poncho, preferably one that is light in color to reflect heat.
Bring along bottled water or other canned or bottled drinks. Always assume that streams and rivers are not safe for drinking. If camping in a remote area, bring along water purification tablets or equipment. These are available at camping supply stores.
Keep hands and all utensils clean when preparing food. Use disposable moist towelettes to clean hands. When planning meals, think about buying and using shelf-stable food to ensure food safety.