How to stay safe in extreme summer heat

Blazing temperatures can bring on serious illness if you're not careful. Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals, offers tips on protecting yourself and your family against extreme heat.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Blazing temperatures can bring on serious illness if you're not careful. In this video Dr. Abhi Mehrotra, an emergency physician at UNC Hospitals, offers tips on protecting yourself against extreme heat.

Dr. Mehrotra offers the following tips to stay safe in extremely hot weather:

  • If you have to be outside, stay out of the sun as much as possible. Also, take frequent breaks (in air-conditioned areas if possible).
  • Stay hydrated. Drink lots of water or diluted sports drinks. Dr. Mehrotra advises against drinking sodas because they can actually have dehydrating effects.
  • Take special care of the very old and very young. Those who can't care for themselves or are on specific medications (such as beta blockers) may have more difficulty recognizing problems and asking for help.


Take care of yourself and stay cool!

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