Every summer people suffer from heat related illnesses. Vulnerable populations like children, the elderly, and people with medical conditions are particularly at risk. So knowing the importance of keeping body temperatures from rising is the key to staying safe and staying cool. Here's some simple reminders.
- Don't wait until the thirst kicks in to replenish fluids.
- Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks as these are dehydrating.
- Wear light weight, light colored clothing and a large brimmed hats and always apply sunscreen.
- Morning and evenings are best for exercising and working outdoors during heat waves. Pace activity levels and stop if you feel light headed or weak.
- Hot foods and heavy foods increase body temperature. So try to consume small portions instead.
Remember, while these tips are particularly important for more vulnerable populations, they do apply to everybody.