Summertime! When the sun is bearing down, it can cause problems. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke occur when your body cannot maintain a core temperature.
Watch the weather, be prepared and follow these five ways to stay cool this summer:
1. Drink plenty of fluids.
Staying hydrated is key to maintaining a healthy body temperature. Water is best – it’s recommended to drink one cup (eight ounces) of water every 15-20 minutes or 24-32 per hour. Drinking at shorter intervals is more effective than drinking large amounts infrequently. Do not drink more than 48 oz (1-1/2 quarts) per hour!
2. Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothes.
Tight-fitting clothes and layered clothing make it harder for sweat to evaporate from your body. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat and consider using an umbrella.
3. Avoid sunburn.
Sunburn increases your body temperature and decreases your ability to cool down. Apply sweat-resistant sunscreen.
4. Check the heat index.
When the heat index climbs to the high 90’s or above, be extra careful.
5. Watch out for each other.
Know the signs for heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Know what to do if someone is suffering a heat illness:
• Move the person inside.
• Loosen or remove heavy clothing.
• Provide cool (but not cold) water.
• Fan and mist the person with water.
• Apply ice packs to underarms, back of neck, cheeks, palms and soles of feet.
We care about you and your safety. So, stay safe in hot weather.