As you enjoy these warm summer
months, keep in mind the role temperatures may play in your activities. Whether
you are mowing the lawn, taking a motorcycle ride with a buddy, playing a
friendly game of softball, riding bikes with family or out on the lake with
friends, take proper precautions to avoid heat injury.
Hydration and good
nutrition are two of the most important aspects of preventing heat injury.
When in hot temperatures for
prolonged periods of time, the key is to stay cool – and keep your body
temperature regulated. Staying cool may be as simple as making simple changes
to your fluid intake, activities and clothing during hot weather.
To protect your health and safety
when temperatures are extremely high, remember:
• Pay attention to weather reports
and adjust daily routines accordingly.
• Schedule physically
strenuous activities for cooler times.
• Allow several days to
adjust to hot environments.
• Dress in light, loose,
cotton clothing. Wide-brimmed hats help keep you cool as well.
• When working outside, take
periodic rest breaks in a cool area.
• Drink plenty of
noncarbonated fluids before, during and after physical activities. Avoid
alcohol and caffeine, which are diuretics – substances that increase water loss
via the urine.
• If you are taking
medication, ask your doctor about its side effects.
• Keep cool with fans, air conditioning
and cool baths or showers.
• Get plenty of sleep and
eat light, nutritious and non-fatty meals.
• Never leave anyone in a closed,
• Rest in the shaded areas often
and don’t forget your sun block.
Many experts have said that
the months between May and August are the most dangerous.
More than half of all injuries
occur during these four months.
Family barbecues, swimming,
fishing, softball, hiking, boating and camping are just a few of the activities
that fill perfect summer days. Let’s make sure we only leave these events with
great memories – not sunburns and heat exhaustion.
Have a safe and happy summer.
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