Summer Heat Safety Tips
Summer heat can be more than uncomfortable; it can threaten your health,especially for older adults, children, and those with disabilities. Hot and humid weather can make it more challenging for your body to cool down, leading to heat-related illnesses.
Three types of such illnesses include heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heatstroke. If left untreated, they can become life-threatening.
Don’t let the summer heat get the best of you. Here are simple ways you can prevent heat-related illnesses:
- Drink plenty of water.
- Wear lightweight, light-colored and loose-fitting clothing.
- Apply sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Do outdoor activities in the morning or evening.
- Stay indoors as much as possible or take breaks from being outside.
See below for warning signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses:
- Heavy sweater
- Nausea or vomiting
- Cold, pale, clammy skin
- Dizziness or fainting
- Body temperature above 103 degrees
- Hot, red skin
- Rapid pulse