Did you know that heat-related incidents cause more deaths than floods, hurricanes and tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service? Our current and future heat waves give us real cause for concern, especially for the elderly and children, but also for people who work outdoors, and our pets.
Here is some general advice about how to protect yourself from heat exhaustion and heat stroke, courtesy of Anne Arundel County:

Drink more fluids (non-alcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink, especially if you’re elderly. Our ability to guage thirst weakens with age. If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.

Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in a place with an air conditioning installation. If your home does not have air-conditioning, go to an air-conditioned public place or a county cooling center–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Contact an ac repair technician like those found at sites like https://jonesmechanicalinc.com/ or https://www.performanceacoftx.com/ to conduct an emergency air conditioning repair if your heating and air conditioning unit suddenly breaks down in the middle of summer. You can learn more here about HVAC systems.

Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

NEVER leave anyone, or any pet, in a closed, parked vehicle.

Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:

Infants and young children

People aged 65 or older

People who have a mental illness

Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

[Source: Del. Mary Lehman]