It’s officially time for summer fun, which means lots of outdoor activities. But it’s important to protect yourself in the summer heat.
In 2014, 244 people died in the U.S. from excessive heat exposure, and these problems are avoidable.
You can help yourself avoid heat-related illnesses by drinking more liquid than you think you need and avoiding alcohol.
Wear loose, lightweight clothing, hats, and plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Sunburns affect your ability to cool down.
If you’re sweating a lot, replace lost salt and electrolytes by drinking juice or sports drinks.
Avoid spending time outside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the hottest part of the day, and try not to over-exert yourself.
Babies, the elderly, pets, those with heart problems, and people who exercise or work outside are at the highest risk of heat-related issues.
If you think someone is experiencing heat exhaustion or cramps, move them to the shade or AC, give them water, use wet towels to cool them down, and if you’re worried or symptoms don’t ease, call 911.