Summer Heat

It’s getting hot out there!

With temperatures rising again it is important to remember to monitor yourself and those around you for symptoms related to dehydration and excessive heat. Don’t let the heat keep you from activity, just keep a few things in mind when you are outdoors.

– Make the effort to get out earlier and later in the day, usually before 11:00 am and after 5:00 pm are best.

-Have water or some other healthy, clear liquid with you at all times and have a drink every 15-20 minutes whether you feel thirsty or not.

-Think about the clothes you wear. Lighter weight breathable fabrics work well and lighter colors help reflect the sun. Many clothing items can now be purchased with the SPF level indicated. Use hats and sunglasses to protect your skin and eyes.

-Take breaks often and rest in the shade if possible.

-If you are out in the heat, monitor for symptoms of heat stroke including: high body temperature, LACK of sweat, racing heart, difficulty breathing, poor concentration, and/or anxiety. Realize that heat stroke can be as much from lack of salt as water in the body, so add electrolytes when in the heat for longer than 2 hours.

-Remember to monitor little ones including kids and pets!

-Don’t forget the sunscreen and reapply often, especially around the water!

Have fun and stay active outdoors, just take a few precautions to make your day safe and fun.