Hydration Tips for Warmer Weather


As temperatures increase across the state, so does the amount of time Californians spend outdoors. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has some hydration safety tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe.

When working and recreating outdoors, staying hydrated is key to beating the heat:

Hydrating Before Work

  • Drinking water and electrolyte drinks before starting work can help your body stay hydrated while working, especially if your job involves manual labor or is done outdoors.

Hydrating During Work

  • Taking time to drink water is essential to staying safe during the summer heat.
  • When working in the heat, drink 1 cup (8 ounces) of water every 15–20 minutes.
  • According to the California State Water Resource Control Board, “Every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking and sanitary purposes.”

Hydrating While Outdoors

  • Try bringing a reusable water bottle with you when you go outdoors. This can help you stay hydrated by ensuring you have access to water.
  • Try having everyone with you take water breaks. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

Hydration Heat Safety Tips:

SAFER Drinking Water | California State Water Resources Control Board

Heat Stress: Hydration (cdc.gov)

Extreme Heat Tips for Children | Cal OES News

How Can Older Adults Stay Safe During an Extreme Heat Event? | Cal OES News