This summer is flying by, and it has been a hot one so far! Whether you’ve been washing your car, lying out at the pool, going for a run, or even just walking to your car, I’m sure at some point you’ve felt the unbearable heat and rushed to the nearest AC. While most of us enjoy being able to step outside without having to bundle up, it’s still important to take care of yourself in the heat of the summer.
If not careful while out in the sun, you can do some damage to your body not only externally, but internally as well. Prolonged exposure to the heat may result in your body being unable to cool itself down and lead to illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps, and heat stroke. To help prevent these illnesses with these high temperatures, we wanted to remind you of some things to keep in mind to help beat the heat:
- If possible, avoid the heat by staying indoors or in the shade while outside.
- Dress appropriately with loose fitting, light weight clothing.
- Stay hydrated.
- Reduce strenuous activity.
- Limit outdoor activity to early morning or late evening.
- Be aware of weather advisories and conditions.
- Know if any of your medications make you more susceptible to heat related illnesses.
- Let your car cool off before getting in.
- Never leave kids or pets in a parked car.
Discovery Education also has some videos for you to watch while you spend some time cooling off indoors. “Weather Smart: Weather” reviews the importance of staying safe in any type of weather, hot or cold, and “Frozen Planet: Summer” shows how different species adapt to the hotter summer temperatures.
We hope you all are enjoying the summer sun and staying safe while you’re at it!