To avoid becoming dehydrated during cleanup efforts from a storm, drink plenty of fluids, especially water. This is particularly true on days when temperatures reach 90 F and higher.
People who have medical conditions that require a fluid restrictive diet or who have a problem with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids. How much water you need to consume depends on your level of physical activity and your age.
- Healthy babies from birth to 6 months normally do not need extra water. On a hot day, a small amount of water may be needed, but check with your physician on how much to give.
- Breast or formula-fed babies from 6 to 12 months that are receiving solid foods should also receive water.
- Children 12 months and older should be reminded to drink fluids, preferably water, throughout the day. They should be encouraged to drink more on hot days.
- Adults should remember to drink more water when exposed to temperatures reaching 90 F and higher, depending on physical activity level and heat exposure.
Help to avoid becoming dehydrated by staying out of the direct sun, wearing light-colored loose-fitting clothing, limiting physical activity and using fans when available.