People should be aware that high temperatures and extended periods outdoors can lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion is a “heat-related illness that can occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have become dehydrated.” Below are some tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe from heat exhaustion this summer.

10 Ways to Beat the Summer Heat:

  1. Keep your windows open. Letting air flow through your home will help decrease stuffiness.
  2. Minimize exposure to the sun during the hottest times of the day, between 10am-4pm.
  3. Remember to be sun safe and if you need to go outside; wear a wide-brimmed hat, a sunscreen with an SPF 30+, sunglasses and seek the shade when necessary.
  4. If you have air conditioning, use it!
  5. Drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic drinks and avoid caffeinated beverages.
  6. Rest. Avoid strenuous activities for prolonged periods of time. Try working out early in the morning or late at night.
  7. Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath if you feel over-heated.
  8. Wear light-weight material. Our UV-protective clothing is a great option and it also provides you 98% protection from skin damaging UV rays.
  9. If you have an elderly family member or friend that lives alone, visit them at least twice a day.
  10. Know the warning signs of heat exhaustion.

Signs of heat exhaustion:

  • Profuse sweating
  • Weakness
  • Muscle cramps 
  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
  • Faintness
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Dark colored urine (sign of dehydration

If you notice these signs in yourself, loved one, friend or stranger you should:

Place the person in the nearest cool shady spot or bring them into an air-conditioned room.

  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol).
  • Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

Stay cool this summer!

Source: WebMD