With temps climbing into the 80s and 90s the majority of the week, the Genesee County Health Department is advising residents on what they can do to stay safe.

According to the GCHD, any time temps are in the upper 80s and above, they can cause body temperature to rise. This can result in cramps, dizziness, severe heat illness and even death. Heat illness occurs when the body is unable to cool down. The body normally cools down by sweating. However, during extremely hot weather, sweating may not be enough to cool the body.

During very hot weather, the most important thing is to keep cool and hydrated. Follow these other steps to protects yourself:

  • Stay cool by using an air conditioner or going to a cool place such as a basement, shopping mall or cooling center.
  • Take a cool shower or bath.
  • Keep shades and curtains closed to block the sun from coming into your home or office.
  • Avoid exercising and physical activity during the hottest part of the day. Mornings and evenings are usually cooler than mid-day.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both can cause dehydration.
  • Never leave children, the elderly or pets in parked vehicles. Cars heat up very quickly and can become dangerous even with the windows open.

For other tips and more information about heat-related illnesses, visit the Genesee County Health Department's website at www.gchd.us.