How to Prevent Heat Illness

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Summer officially started on Monday and we kicked it off with a high of 122 degrees! On the first day of summer multiple hikers had to be rescued from heat related illnesses. It is super important to listen to your body for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke so that you can try to prevent it from happening. A few ways to prevent heat related illnesses are:

  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, public library, or local cooling center.
  • Taking a cool shower or moving to an air-conditioned place is a good way to cool off and prevent illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.

 

We hope you stay safe and cool out there.

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