Web Exclusive: Beating the heat with your smartphone

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(CNN) - With hot temperatures and steamy conditions, your smartphone can play a role in keeping you cool and safe.  From finding a place to swim to making sure you stay hydrated, there are some apps to help beat the heat.   

When a heat wave arrives, stopping our daily routine isn't necessarily an option.  So it's important to make changes to keep you and your family safe at home, at work and during the daily commute. 

If beating the heat involves time at the pool or on the beach, an app like 'Sun Safe' for iPhone gets information on UV conditions and calculates just how long it's safe for your skin.  The app alerts you when it's time to go inside or cover up, and also includes tips for sun safety.

In any heat wave, keeping properly hydrated is crucial.  If you need a healthy reminder to drink up, the 'Water Your Body' app for Apple and Android determines how much water you should be drinking based on your weight.  You can also track how much you're drinking on a daily basis, and the app can remind you when to fill your next glass.    

Workers spending their day outdoors can get heat-related help with an app from the Department of Labor.  The OSHA Heat Safety Tool lets outdoor workers calculate the heat index and the level of risk at a work site.  There are also tips for coping with the heat,       
recognizing heat-related illnesses and advice on what to do in case of emergency and the First Aid app for Apple and Android from the American Red Cross has information on a number of potential emergencies, including heat-related illnesses and injuries, plus it has heat safety tips to avoid those conditions in the first place.


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