Summer is here, but don’t let the heat get the best of you! Steer clear of heat exhaustion and heat stroke by keeping your body temperature cool with a few helpful habits:
- Stay hydrated. Drink two to four cups of water every hour. Your body needs more water than usual when in the sun because you lose more fluids through sweating.
- Ditch the caffeine. Avoid alcohol or caffeinated beverages when out in the sun. Caffeine increases your risk for dehydration.
- Dress light. Wear light-colored, loose clothing when out in the heat. A brimmed hat is even good to keep the sun out of your face and help you stay cooler.
- Cool down. Take cooler baths or showers on a hot day to help you cool down. If you’re busy, try doing more activities inside a temperature-controlled or air-conditioned environment. Anything to stay cool and keep your body temperature down.
- Stay out of closed cars. Never leave children, infants, adults or pets alone in a closed, parked car. The temperature inside a closed car can become very hot, instantly causing heat-related illnesses.
Generally, a heat stroke can be much more serious than heat exhaustion.
If you’re experiencing heat exhaustion, sit down in a shady or cooler area and drink a water or sports drink to help rehydrate yourself, but if you’re experiencing a heat stroke, seek medical attention immediately.