Normally, when you get hot, your body cools itself by sweating. But when its very hot and humid, sweating just isn't enough. In such cases, a person's body temperature rises rapidly. Very high body temperatures may damage the brain or other vital organs and even cause death. Signs of overheating include:
What You Should Do
Stay out of the direct sun. Seek shaded or air conditioned areas such as libraries or malls; Drink plenty of fluids (avoid alcohol and caffeine);
In buildings without air conditioning, open windows use fans, and keep shades or curtains drawn the during the day;
Schedule outdoor events early in the morning when it's cooler and the air quality is better;
Pace yourself when you exercise;
Take cool showers or baths;
Wear light-colored, light-weight clothing. Use hats with brims and sunscreen (SPF 30 or more) for more protection;
Check on friends, family, and neighbors;
Never leave a child, a disabled or elderly person, or a pet in an unattended car. A closed vehicle can heat up to dangerous levels in as little as ten minutes;
Check the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency for updates of cooling center locations; Seek medical attention immediately for anyone showing signs of heat stroke.
Babies and young children; The elderly People with chronic conditions; People who are obese; Athletes; Outdoor workers; People of low socio-economic status; People living on the coast or in flood zones.