For the first time this year we are forecasting a string of very hot weather. All week long, temperatures are expected to be well up into the 90s with heat indexes reaching 100 degrees in some places. These are very dangerous conditions as the heat is responsible for nearly 700 deaths per year across the country. The heat is nothing to take lightly. So here are some tips on staying cool and some warning signs of heat related illnesses.
Some tips to keep your body cool during the hot summer days to come:
1.) Water, Water, Water! Drink lots of it
2.) Stay away from Alcohol and caffeine
3.) Eat lighter meals, but eat more often. 4-5 meals per day
4.) Wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
5.) Take breaks more often than you normally would and take them in the shade. It can be 15 degrees warmer in the sun than in the shade.
6.) Check often on those most vulnerable to the heat: Young, Elderly, Pets.
If these steps are not take, sometimes the body will overheat resulting in heat related sicknesses. Here are warning signs that your body is overheating:
1.) Cramping of Muscles:
If cramping occurs drink small amounts (don't drink too much too fast) of cool not ice cold water and stop activity and get to a cool place (shade/inside if possible). Apply cool towels or cloths to the person's body. Do not do an ice bath.
2.) Heat Exhaustion: Dizziness, Nausea, cool not hot skin, headache
If you have symptoms of the first two levels of heat sickness then follow the next steps:
-drink small amounts (don't drink too much too fast) of cool, not ice cold water.
-stop activity and get to a cool place (shade/inside if possible).
-Apply cool towels or cloths to the person's body. Do not do an ice bath.
3.) Heat Stroke: Loss of consciousness, stop sweating, vomiting, high pulse rate or low pulse rate, fast breathing or slow breathing.
Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing the Heat Stroke Symptoms. It is life threatening.
Remember and act on these easy steps to keep your body cool and your time spent outdoors this summer will be much more enjoyable.