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Avoiding Heat Illnesses This Summer

July 2nd, 2019 Posted in inSIGHTS

Extreme summer temperatures are not only uncomfortable, they are also dangerous for your health. This is particularly true for older adults and children, who are more susceptible to illness.

Here are some tips for staying safe when you’re out in the heat:

  1. Wear loose, light-colored clothing so your skin gets air exposure.
     
  2. Shield your head and face from direct sunlight by wearing a hat and sunglasses.
     
  3. Avoid spending time outdoors during the middle of the day, when temperatures are highest and the sun is directly overhead.
     
  4. Take regular breaks in a shaded area if you’re involved in a strenuous activity.
     
  5. Drink water frequently, even if you aren’t thirsty. Experts recommend drinking at least 8 ounces every 20 to 30 minutes to stay hydrated. Stick to water, fruit juice and sport drinks while avoiding caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, which can dehydrate you.
     
  6. Monitor children and seniors carefully, since they can get dehydrated more easily.
     
  7. Call 911 if someone exhibits symptoms of heat stroke, such as flushed skin, rapid breathing, a throbbing headache or confusion.
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