Summertime is best spent by the pool, picnics at the park, beach trips, and family vacations. But keep in mind, along with all of the summers’ delights, it brings the heat, humidity, and dangerously oppressive temperatures!
Too much heat exposure can cause several heat-related illnesses such as heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and even death. According to the National Safety Council, heatstrokes are among the leading causes of death in teens, young adults and the elderly. This is due to excessive heat exposure during work, practices, and sporting events outdoors.
Most cases of heatstrokes can be prevented, but many do not know how to prevent them. Here are some preventative measures to stay safe and to stay cool:
- Drink Water, Stay Hydrated. As you lose water from sweating, your body temperature rises, so replacing these fluids is essential to keeping cool on hot summer days. Water isn’t your only option for staying hydrated. Eating fruits and vegetables with high water content, such as cucumbers and berries can do the same thing.
- Take Breaks. Taking multiple 5-10 minute breaks to find some shade or air conditioning during your outdoor run, practice or work schedule helps your body cool down and lower its temperature. By doing this, you rejuvenate your body to get the job that you started done.
- Dress Light. Wearing light colors and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen, especially on scorching hot days lets your body and pores stay cooler.
Whatever your plans may be on a summers day, remember that the heat can do some damage. By following our preventative measures and being prepared, we can help you beat the heat this summer!