Staying Safe in the Heat
Know your limits
Know your limits
Extreme heat can be dangerous, especially for those unaccustomed to high temperatures. When temperatures climb over 100 degrees, it's important to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses. Here are some key things to keep in mind.
Know the Symptoms
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can sneak up on you quickly in hot weather. Common symptoms include:
• Heavy sweating
• Nausea or vomiting
• Dizziness or fainting
• Rapid heartbeat
If you experience any of these symptoms, move to a cooler location immediately, drink water, and rest. Seek medical attention right away if symptoms worsen or don't improve.
Drinking plenty of water is crucial when temperatures soar. Your body loses fluids through sweat, so you need to replace them. Drink water regularly even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and too much sugar.
Limit Outdoor Activity
Try to limit strenuous activity to the cooler parts of the day, like early morning and evening. Listen to your body and take more breaks if you start to feel overheated. If possible, reschedule outdoor workouts or activities to a cooler time.
Wear Light, Loose Clothing
Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes that allow air circulation. Opt for breathable fabrics like cotton. Loose-fitting clothing is best so sweat can evaporate. Consider wearing a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun.
Take It Slow
If you're not used to high temperatures, acclimate your body to the heat gradually. Start by limiting your time in the heat and build up your tolerance over time. Listen to your body and slow down if needed. With patience and precautions, you can safely enjoy time outdoors in the summer heat.