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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Beat the Heat

Our bodies are in a constant battle to stay at the proper temp. This process often goes unnoticed, but there are those days that we can tell for sure. On hot days when our bodies are exposed to more hot weather than what it can handle we become very aware of the process our body goes through to stay cool. Every year, people die from exposure to excessive heat. These unintentional injuries and deaths caused by heat can come on with an escalation of speed. 

While heat stroke is the most severe there are other heat related illnesses that can come on without a warning as well. Heat exhaustion and heat cramps are two of the most common. Individuals most at danger include;
  • infants and young children
  • older individuals including the elderly among us
  • our pets are at risk as well
  • individuals with heart or long term illnesses
  • those who work outside
  • individuals who enjoy exercising. This ranges from beginners to athletes
  • individuals taking medications that slow sweat production
  • alcoholics and drug abusers are also at high risk-

Never leave children or pets in cars. The temperature inside the car can reach 120 degrees within minutes. In addition to this heat related guide here are a few more tips:

  • drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol related beverages
  • Dark colored clothing can easily absorb the sun's rays so whenever possible wear light colored, loose fitting clothing
  • Relax whenever possible on hot days by slowing down a bit and staying inside. Exercise in the early morning or late afternoon / early evening when day begins to cool down
  • When exercising, working in garden or yard use the buddy system to avoid excessive heat. Frequent breaks are a must as well
  • Check often on family and friends without air conditioning especially on those who spend lots of time alone or those most likely to be affected by heat
  • Animals should often be checked on as well. Ensure they have access to plenty of cool water
  • Search for areas such as schools, libraries, theaters, malls to escape heat during the warmest part of the day
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    1. Very important for people to remember. Visiting from #FriendshipFriday.

      1. you are so right, heat can be a killer

        thanks for your visit


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