When it is hot out, it's important to keep a stable, healthy temperature. Hot weather isn't just uncomfortable—it can be downright dangerous.
More than 600 people across the United States die annually due to heat injuries from exposure to hot summer temperatures.
Heat exhaustion is the precursor to the more serious condition of heat stroke and is a direct result of the body overheating.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Heavy sweating
- Rapid pulse
- Muscle cramps
When these symptoms kick-in, get out of the heat immediately and rest.
Preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke
It is important to remember that you don't necessarily have to be doing strenuous exercise outside to develop heat exhaustion or heatstroke.
- Drink plenty of water (half your body weight in ounces) even if you don't feel thirsty. You may even consider a sports drink that will replace the salt and electrolytes in your bloodstream.
- Don't leave anyone in a parked car—not a child, pet, or adult.
- Stay out of the sun from 10 am to 3 pm when heat is usually strongest.
- Wear a hat and loose-fitting clothes to stay cool.
Knapp Tedesco wants you to enjoy summer but also stay safe!