When the weather in Kenmore starts rising, the chances of danger do so, too. Extremely hot temperatures can make it really hard for your body to cool down properly, making you very sick. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 700 people die from heat-related causes in the United States each year. To be ready to deal with the coming hot weather, you have to know what to do. Follow these tips to stay cool and healthy in this weather.
1. Stay Hydrated
Proper hydration is key if you want to avoid heat-related illnesses. Sweating is the way our bodies naturally cool themselves. Your body sweats more to cool itself down during hot weather. This can cause you to become dehydrated. To keep yourself hydrated, do not wait until you feel thirsty to drink water. Do it throughout the day. If you are physically active in hot weather, chances are your body is also losing electrolytes when you sweat. Sports drinks help avoid dehydration as well as muscle cramps but go for those that don’t have too much sugar.
2. Limit Activities to Early Morning and Late Evening
Schedule your spring and summer outdoor activities in such a way that you avoid exposure during the hottest part of the day. Staying indoors, especially in an air-conditioned room, is also good. Outdoor activities are also best held in the early morning or late evening. Doing this will help you avoid the intense heat and keep your body temperature from rising to unhealthy levels.
3. Stay Out of the Sun
Avoid direct sunlight as much as possible when going outdoors during the day. If you can, do your activities under the shade of a tree or building. Aside from avoiding sunburn, you can also avoid heat-related illnesses. Sunscreen and a hat must always be in your arsenal if you plan to be moving around in the sun. A solar umbrella can also help shade yourself. These umbrellas may help block harmful UV rays and help you stay cool.
4. Dress for Comfort
During hot weather, it is very important to adjust your clothing choices to help you stay comfortable throughout the day. Choose lightweight, breathable fabrics that don’t cling to your body. Tight-fitting or heavy materials will only trap heat and put you at risk for unhealthy body temperatures. For maximum sun protection, you can wear long sleeves and pants.
5. Avoid Alcohol & Caffeine
You might think all drinks are designed to hydrate. Some drinks, usually those that contain alcohol or caffeine can lead to dehydration instead. This is because these drinks cause your body to lose more liquids through urinating. Alcohol can also interfere with your body’s ability to absorb the water you do drink.
6. Know the Signs of Heat-Related Illnesses
Even with all these precautions, you might still feel the effects of hot weather. If you or anyone you’re with begins to feel dizzy, nauseous, or gets a painful headache, it could be a sign of a heat-related illness. You may have heat exhaustion if you have all these symptoms, plus cold, clammy skin. If your symptoms include a high fever, red, hot skin, and loss of consciousness, your might have heatstroke which is even more serious. Get emergency medical help immediately if you experience these symptoms.
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