Heat exhaustion, as well as heatstroke, are real dangers as the temperatures rise; however, we still want to get out events we have throughout July and August. Below are some ways to survive the heat.
According to the Red Cross, it’s important to pay attention not only to the temperature forecast but also to the heat index, which is the temperature the body feels when the heat and humidity are combined.
Some ways to enjoy the summer without overheating include:
- During the warm parts of the day, you can escape to cooler locations to avoid the heat — the shade of Mix Park, the local library, a coffee shop/restaurant, or visit a friend with air conditioning.
- Drink plenty of water; staying hydrated is key – drinks with caffeine or alcohol do not hydrate you well enough!
- Wear loose fitting clothing and wear a hat with a large brim.
- Never leave your pets, children, or the elderly alone in enclosed vehicles while you run an errand.
- Check on friends, family, and neighbors during the hot days.
Below are some brief signs and symptoms that someone may be experiencing heat exhaustion or heat stroke:
- If you or someone you are with is experiencing a headache, nausea, dizziness, or weakness and has cool, moist, pale, or flushed skin, it could be heat exhaustion:
- Move to a cooler environment with airflow,
- Drink small amounts of cool fluid, and
- If vomiting begins or liquids are refused, it is best to call 9-1-1.
- Heatstroke is life-threatening and 9-1-1 needs to be called immediately with the following symptoms: extremely high body temperature with red skin; confusion; vomiting; a weak pulse; and rapid, shallow breaths. While waiting for the emergency response team:
- Cool the body with cold water by submerging the person in a tub of cold water, spraying them with cold water, or placing cold towels or cloths on their body.
It’s best to be educated and as prepared as possible so we can all enjoy our upcoming fun events and the wonderful recreation our area has to offer. Welcome summer!