Heat-related illnesses are very serious and can escalate quickly if not careful. Whatever brings you outside this season, take precautions to stay safe as the temperatures rise.
Beat the Heat This Summer with These Tips:
- Drink Fluids: Increase your water intake regardless of thirst or activity level. The more we sweat, the more we lose water from the body. Without replenishing, you can easily become dehydrated.
- Wear the Right Clothes: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting and light-colored clothing. And don’t forget the sunscreen — even if not in direct sunlight.
- Cool Down: Take breaks and cool off under some shade or in air conditioning often. Don’t overexert yourself!
- Avoid Excess Activity: Avoid strenuous exercise or activity during the hottest hours of the day. Find a partner if exercising in extreme heat.
Recognize the Warning Signs of Heat Exhaustion:
- Clammy skin
- Muscle Cramps
Should you experience any of the above symptoms, move to a cool place, sip water and put cool cloths on your body. If symptoms get worse, visit the Emergency Department at Kirby Medical Center. Our Emergency Department is staffed 24 hours a day and prepared to treat even the most serious and life-threatening medical conditions.