The weather is heating up in many parts of the country. Chances are you may be spending more time outdoors. Heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be dangerous conditions if not treated early.
Medicinenet gives great advice about how to make sure you and your family are safe:
- The most important measures to prevent heat strokes are to avoid becoming dehydrated and to avoid vigorous physical activities in hot and humid weather.
- If you have to perform physical activities in hot weather, drink plenty of fluids (such as water and sports drinks), but avoid alcohol, caffeine (including soft drinks and tea), and tea which may lead to dehydration.
- Your body will need replenishment of electrolytes (such as sodium) as well as fluids if you sweat excessively or perform vigorous activity in the sunlight for prolonged periods.
- Take frequent breaks to hydrate yourself. Wear hats and light-colored, lightweight, loose clothes.
- Keep cars locked when not in use and never, ever, leave infants or children unattended in a locked car.
Do you know the warning signs?
Recognize these symptoms:
- Pale skin
- Fatigue, weakness
- Dizzy or nauseous
- Sweating profusely
- Rapid pulse
- Fast, shallow breathing
- Muscle weakness or cramps
You should go to the emergeny room immediately if you:
- Skin that feels hot and dry, but not sweaty
- Confusion or loss of consciousness
- Throbbing headache
- Frequent vomiting
- Shortness of breath or trouble breathing
Don’t forget about your pets! When temperatures get above 90 degrees (32 celsius) you shouldn’t have you dog outside for more than 15-20 minutes at a time without providing water. And never leave them in the car. It only takes minutes for a car to heat to a point where pets are in mortal danger.
Stay safe and inspired!!!!!