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Staying Safe in the Summer Heat

The summer is the perfect time to get out and be active. There are plenty of things to do when the days are longer and warmer. In fact, if you want some ideas, you can read our latest blog here. However, it’s also important to monitor your body temperature and your hydration level, while you’re doing all of these activities. Grant it, there’s no need to walk around with a personal thermometer and take your temperature every ten minutes. But, it is a good idea to follow some of these tips below in order to avoid some form of illness due to dehydration or heat stroke.

Stay Hydrated

The most important thing to do in hot summer days is to stay hydrated. However, as we age, our bodies don’t recognize right away how thirsty we are. Therefore, it’s pretty common to fall victim of dehydration without even noticing it. That’s why it’s a good idea to consume up to eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This may seem like a lot, but the idea is to constantly be drinking throughout the day. That way you won’t feel overly full, and you’ll be constantly hydrated. Just make sure you’re avoiding caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, because they will actually add to your dehydration.

Wear the Right Clothes

What you wear greatly prepares you for the weather you’re facing. Obviously, in the winter, heavier clothes help your body temperature from dropping too low. On the other hand, during the summer, the idea is to wear loose fitting clothes so your body can circulate cold and hot air better. It’s also a good idea to wear lighter colored clothes. This reflects light, as opposed to absorbing it like darker colors. By reflecting more light, you’re able to better control your body temperature.

Watch for the Midday Sun

The time of day matters when you’re going out and doing your errands or favorite activities. The sun is the hottest when it’s the afternoon. That’s why it’s best, if you can, to put off your errands for the early evening or do them in the morning before the sun reaches its highest point. If you want to perform one of your favorite physical activities, it’s best to wait until the evening. That way the sun will be setting, and you can expect to experience some cooler temperatures.

Apply Sunscreen

It’s also a good idea to protect your skin during hotter days. If you do plan on heading outdoors during the afternoon, make sure you apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. This will reduce your chances of getting sunburned and keep your skin from being damaged. You can also wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses. These accessories will protect your head and your eyes from getting damaged by the sun.

Know the Warning Signs

The final tip to take note of includes the warning signs for heat stroke. Even if you take advantage of all of the information above, it’s still very crucial that you know the warning signs if you ever happen to suffer from dehydration and/or heat exhaustion. These symptoms include flushed face, high body temperature, headache, nausea, rapid pulse, dizziness, and confusion. If you’re experiencing any one of these symptoms it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Enjoy the Summer

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are no joke. However, don’t let it make you fearful of going outside and enjoying the activities you like to do in the summer. Your best bet is to follow the tips above. Just make sure you’re hydrated, comfortable, and protected from the sun, and you’ll be on your way to enjoying this beautiful season!

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