Managing The Heat
As we approach Summer, things are definitely going to start heating up. Just later this week, we're supposed to hit 100° F, and with heat like that, there's a chance that it could lead to heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion (also known as heat stroke) is the most serious of heat-related illnesses, and it's important to know the warning signs and how to prevent or treat it.
WHAT ARE THE WARNING SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION?
Heat exhaustion can be predicted in advance with some knowledge of the signs. These include:
- Dizziness or confusion
- Fast breathing or pulse
- A loss of appetite or a nauseous feeling
- Extreme thirst
- A high body temperature
HOW CAN YOU PREVENT HEAT EXHAUSTION?
- Drink plenty of cold water, especially when exercising.
- Wear light-colored and loose clothing.
- Take cool showers.
- Sprinkle water onto your skin or clothes.
- Avoid extreme exercising.
- Avoid the sun between 11AM and 3PM, when it's highest in the sky.
HOW TO TREAT HEAT EXHAUSTION?
If someone has heat exhaustion, here are a few steps you can take to cool them down and help to mitigate or remove any potential damage:
- Move them to a cool place, such as a shaded area or a building with A/C.
- Get them to lie down with elevated feet.
- Get them a cold beverage. Water and rehydration drinks with electrolytes are best for this.
- Cool their skin down with water or ice packs. High body temperature is a symptom of heat exhaustion.
With these tips in mind, you'll be ready to conquer the Texas summer in style. Always remember to practice self-care to prevent accidents like this, because at the end of the day, you matter not just to your friends and family, but also to yourself.