WOW is it hot out there! Did you know that heat-related illness are preventable. Here’s what to do to stay safe in hot weather:
- Listen to weather reports for heat advisories. Stay indoors, ideally in air conditioning, as much as possible and during the afternoon when temperatures are at their highest. People older than 65 who are at high risk for heat-related illnesses should be especially mindful..
- Dress for the weather in lightweight, light-colored, loose clothing. Cover as much skin as possible with proper clothing and a hat, or use an umbrella. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and continue to apply it according to label directions.
- Eat lighter meals; heavy meals can increase your core body temperature.
- Save strenuous outdoor activities for the cooler morning hours, if at all possible.
- Don’t wait until you feel thirsty to drink. Increase your fluid intake, even if you’re inactive. If you are working or playing outdoors, you need to consume two to four glasses of water every hour. If you sweat, some of this fluid can come from sports beverages, which will help to replace salt and minerals lost through sweat. (Those who are on fluid or salt restrictions should consult a medical professional for advice about fluid replacement and sports drinks.)
- Learn the symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you recognize early symptoms of heat-related illness in yourself or another person, move indoors or at least to a shady area, drink cool fluids, and rest.