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Did you know that heat is one of the leading causes of weather-related deaths and illnesses? It’s time to protect yourself! The doctors at Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine put together the following tips to help you and your loved ones beat the heat this summer:

1. Drink Up – Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, such as water or juice.

2. Car Safety – Never leave children or pets alone in a closed vehicle.

3. Clothing – Considering wearing clothing that is comfortable, loose, and lightly colored.

4. Stay Cool – Avoid being outdoors with scorching temperatures. If you are outside, try to stay in the shade and take breaks as much as you can.

5. Always Check on Others – Frequently check on family, friends, neighbors, or pets who don’t have air conditioning. Ensure that they have a fan or plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

If you think you or a loved one is experiencing a heat-related illness, contact Slocum Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at (877) 619-9494.