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By Mayo Clinic Staff

Heatstroke is predictable and preventable.    
Take these steps to prevent heatstroke during hot weather:

Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing. Wearing
excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won't allow
your body to cool properly.

Protect against sunburn. Sunburn affects your
body's ability to cool itself, so protect yourself
outdoors with a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses
and use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of
at least 15. Apply sunscreen generously, and
reapply every two hours — or more often if you're
swimming or sweating.

Drink plenty of fluids. Staying hydrated will help
your body sweat and maintain a normal body

Glass of water

Take extra precautions with certain medications.
Be on the lookout for heat-related problems if you
take medications that can affect your body's ability to
stay hydrated and dissipate heat.

Never leave anyone in a parked car. This is a
common cause of heat-related deaths in children.
When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car
can rise 20 degrees F (more than 6.7 C) in 10
It's not safe to leave a person in a parked car in
warm or hot weather, even if the windows are
cracked or the car is in shade. When your car is
parked, keep it locked to prevent a child from getting

Take it easy during the hottest parts of the day. If
you can't avoid strenuous activity in hot weather,
drink fluids and rest frequently in a cool spot. Try to
schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts
of the day, such as early morning or evening.

Get acclimated. Limit time spent working or
exercising in heat until you're conditioned to it.
People who are not used to hot weather are
especially susceptible to heat-related illness. It can
take several weeks for your body to adjust to hot

Be cautious if you're at increased risk. If you take
medications or have a condition that increases your
risk of heat-related problems, avoid the heat and act
quickly if you notice symptoms of overheating. If you
participate in a strenuous sporting event or activity in
hot weather, make sure there are medical services
available in case of a heat emergency.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseasesconditions/