Just when we thought summer was almost over the heat hits us once again. With temperatures staying at a steady 80-90 degrees, heat knowledge and body awareness becomes ever so important. Hundreds of people die each year due to extreme heat. The elderly, children, and those with chronic illnesses are more prone to heat related emergencies. Whether you are working outside, taking the children to practice, driving, or having a lack of air conditioning, staying cool is a must. Dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat strokes can all occur when the body is exposed to high temperatures for multiple days without proper hydration. All of these heat related illnesses can be avoided by increased awareness and taking action.
–Stay Informed. Know the weather forecast, the highest temperature peak for the day and the UV index.
–Stay Indoors. If possible, choose to stay indoors with air conditioning.
–Stay Lathered. Use a sunscreen of at least a SPF of 15 and continue applying throughout the day.
–Stay Hydrated. Hot weather will cause us to sweat more, keep replenishing the body with lots of water!
–Stay Smart. If you feel yourself starting to feel parched, dizzy, or light headed, take action!
–Stay Shaded. When outside, wear light clothing, hats, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the harsh UV rays.
Stay safe, stay cool!