Tips for Beating the Heat

Winter is finally over and as we head into spring and summer there are precautions we can take to avoid heat exhaustion.

  • Water – Drink plenty! It is our best defense against dehydration and becoming overheated.
  • Clothing – Wear loose-fitting, lightweight, and light-colored clothing. Wear UV protection clothing.
  • Meals – Small meals lesson a heavy stomach, thereby helping to avoid getting sick in the heat. Avoid alcohol and sugars.
  • Towels – Use a cool, damp towel on wrists and back of the neck.
  • Activities – Limit your time outside to avoid the hottest part of the day. A good rule of thumb is to limit the time between 11am and 4pm.
  • Sunscreen – Use daily and all over your body. Be sure to include face and ears. Avoid direct sunlight whenever possible.
  • Air Conditioning/Curtains – Its always good to get fresh air into your home, but during the hottest times of the day use your air conditioning instead of opening windows. Close blinds and curtains to keep the heat out and help your home stay cooler. Use ceiling fans when possible.
  • Lighting – As technology progresses light bulbs are being made that create less heat and use less energy. Change your light bulbs to save on energy.

Who is at risk? Everyone. But potentially the elderly, very young, obese, or those on certain medications are more susceptible to heat exhaustion. If you find yourself with cramps, fatigue, dehydration, nausea, or feeling faint these can be signs of heat exhaustion. Rest and hydrate, get to a cooler area, use ice packs or wet towels, and call your doctor if symptoms persist.

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