Summer is the season to be outside; it’s a great time to work out, play, and relax in the sunshine. However, it’s also the time of year when overheating, heat stroke, and heat exhaustion can take their tolls. Any of those can lead to injuries and potentially can be fatal, especially if body temperature exceeds 106 degrees F (41 C). If you are able to recognize the warning signs and take preventative measures, then you can reduce the risk while enjoying the weather.
To start with it’s a good idea to follow these steps to prevent overheating:
- Drink plenty of water & fluids
- Use shaded and cooled areas throughout the day
- Take breaks to allow yourself to cool down & regulate your body temperature
- Avoid drinks and food that can dehydrate you
- Avoid high intensity activity during the hottest parts of the day
Even taking these steps overheating can happen, so be on the lookout for the following signs:
- Excessive sweating followed by extreme dehydration
- Muscle cramps
- Reduced vision, hearing, and rapid heartbeat
- Paleness, weakness, fainting
- Nausea and vomiting
If someone shows the signs of overheating, then find a cool place to reduce their body temperature, get them water, and seek medical help. Being aware of these prevention techniques, warning signs, and actions to take to remedy the issue can be lifesaving information to help you enjoy the summer season.