Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

When the temperatures start to rise, it's important to be careful if you spend time outdoors—especially if you are being active.

Dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke can occur if you don't take the right steps to protect yourself. There are a few ways you can stay safe when spending time in the sunny outdoors this summer. Here are some tips:

Hydrate Well
Be sure to drink plenty of water and other liquids, like sports drinks that contain sugar and salt, throughout the day. It is important to hydrate before, during and after physical activity.

Take Breaks
If you are going to be spending time outdoors in the heat, especially if you will physically active, make sure to take plenty of breaks in the shade or indoors.

Avoid Peak Hours
The sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If you know you will be working out outside, try to do it in the early morning or evening hours instead of midday.

Wear the Right Stuff
The clothes you wear can make a difference in how your body cools down. It is best to wear light-colored, light-weight, loose clothing.

Keep a Close Eye on Those Who Are at Risk
Elderly adults, infants, children and athletes are at greater risk of developing heat-related illnesses.

Looking to learn more? Regional Medical Center's online Health Library has a wealth of information. Visit this link to learn more about Heat Stroke and Heat Exhaustion. You can also call our Consult-A-Nurse service at 1-888-741-5119 for answers to your health questions and free physician referrals.

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