Beat the Summer Heat

Beat the Summer Heat

It’s been a hot, hot summer in North Carolina!

Whether you’re on a job site, on vacation at the beach, or in your backyard, we want you to stay safe in the heat.

Here are some ways to protect yourself when you’re out in the sun:

Staying Safe


  • Drink water all throughout the day. Drink four cups (32 ounces) every hour.
  • Avoid or reduce the amount of caffeinated and sugar-filled drinks – they just make you more thirsty.
  • Drink even if you aren’t thirsty.


  • Take it easy the first couple of days on the job or on vacation until you are more acclimated to the heat.
  • Take a five-minute break in the shade whenever possible.


  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that keeps your face, ears and neck shaded.
  • Apply sunblock to all exposed skin.
  • Wear light-colored clothes.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants made of lightweight material.

When to Call for Help

Too much sun exposure can cause serious illness like heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Move to a shaded area and call 911 if you, or anyone you’re with, are experiencing these symptoms:

Signs of Heat Exhaustion

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Sweaty Skin
  • Fast Heartbeat
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Cramps

Signs of Heat Stroke

  • Red, Hot, Dry Skin
  • High Temperature
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Convulsions

Check out more summer safety tips from the American Red Cross on heat safety, water safetydriving safety and grilling safety.

Summer is the most fun when we plan and stay safe.

Categories: Community, Health & Wellness, Safety