How to stay safe in extreme heat

Mild dehydration and heat cramps — muscle pain or spasms — may be early signs that your body is not reacting well to the environment.

(Allison Chiu/ The Washington Post) — With temperatures climbing into the triple digits across swaths of the United States and warnings from the National Weather Service to prepare for “dangerous,” “extreme” and “excessive” heat, health and environmental experts say it’s critical for the public to know how to stay safe in extremely hot weather.

“As we move forward into essentially a hotter planet, we need to really rethink heat as a risk,” said Sabrina McCormick, an associate professor of environmental and occupational health at George Washington University.

“Everyone is vulnerable, and these exposures can creep up and unexpectedly affect you, so you need to really keep an eye on it.” (…)