• Staying Safe In A Heat Wave

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    via: Weather.com

    Some of these we know, but worth repeating:

    Staying Cool

    Take It Easy Outdoors

    This may seem like a simple tip, but most cases of heat exhaustion come from people overexerting themselves.  Whether it’s kids playing, an afternoon run or outdoor labor, know your limits. Don’t push any further than needed, but if you do go a little overboard and start to feel bad, here’s a list of the three most common heat related illnesses and their symptoms.

    • Heat Cramps:  involuntary spasms of muscles in the calves, arms, abdomen, shoulders and back, similar to night-time cramping
    • Heat Exhaustion: excessive thirst, weakness, headache, nausea, cramping and loss of consciousness
    • Heat Stroke : most serious, death possible; includes symptoms of heat exhaustion as well as seizures, rapid heartbeat, rapid and shallow breathing and hot/red skin.  Emergency attention is needed.

    It important to recognize these signs and take corrective action and cool your core. Generally you can do this by seeking shade and drinking water. However, if you believe someone is suffering from heat stroke, contact emergency services immediately.

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    Stay Hydrated

    Drink. Drink. Drink. And we don’t mean a frosty brewski. Drinking alcohol and sodas will actually cause dehydration, not prevent it. So stay away from fizzy drinks, during the heat of the day.  ou also lose a lot of water by perspiration, which is the body’s way of heat regulation through evaporative cooling (just like in atmospheric processes). So it’s imperative to drink at least a gallon of water a day, while out and about during hot weather. Also, through perspiration you lose salts and those can be replaced by drinking sports drinks with electrolytes. Electrolytes, electrically charged salts called ions, are essential for muscle function in the body. That’s why you’ll have heat cramps if you don’t replenish them periodically throughout the day. Also remember to drink fluids that are chilled. If you’re hot, a cold drink can lower your core temperature and make you feel more comfortable.

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