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How to Stay Cool in Extreme Heat
A message from Robin M. Ikeda, MD, MPH, (RADM, USPHS), CDC Director of the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health (ONDIEH) on how you can prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths by staying cool, hydrated and informed.

CDC’s Tracking Program: Making Missouri Cooling Centers Easy to Find
CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network connects people with vital public health information. See how the Missouri Tracking Program worked with local health officials to create an interactive, dynamic online map that makes cooling centers easy to find.

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Right click and save any of these tips and send them as a text, a tweet or an email to your friends and loved ones. Consider sending one a day for nine days to remind them how to stay safe.

Stay Hydrated. Drink more water than usual and don't wait until you're thirsty!

Protect Others. Never leave children or pets in a parked car.

Protect Others. Leave your pets plenty of water in shady areas.

Protect your skin. Use sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher. Cover up with a wide-brimmed hat. Wear light-colored clothing.

Stay Cool. Pace yourself while working or exercising in hot weather.

Stay Cool. If it's too hot in our home, take a cool bath or shower.

Stay Cool. If you don't have air conditioning, go to the mall or library or find a cooling shelter.

Protect others. Keep an eye on people most likely to become ill from heat: babies and young children, older adults, people who live alone, people with a disability, disease, or mental illness.

Stay informed. Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.

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