We all love warm summer weather, but how hot is too hot? During heat waves, it’s important to take care of your body to prevent heat-related illnesses like dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Certain people are more susceptible to heat-related illness than others: elderly people, young children, and people who are overweight or already sick especially need to take precautionary measures when it comes to staying safe in the heat. If anyone you know falls into any of these categories, be sure to check in on them during heat waves. Use these tips to keep yourself and those around you healthy during times of very hot weather:
- Stay indoors as much as possible, and limit time in the sun. Sun exposure can increase the temperature that your body feels by as much as 15°F.
- If you don’t have air conditioning at home, consider spending the hottest part of the day at a library, the mall, the movie theater, or anywhere else with air conditioning.
- Drink plenty of fluids (water is best!) and avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Eat regular, light, and well-balanced meals.
- Dress in loose-fitting, cool clothing.
- Avoid strenuous activity or outdoor exercise, especially in the middle of the day when it is especially hot. If working outside, make sure that someone is with you and take frequent breaks.
- Make sure that your pets have enough water and are able to rest in cool places.
- NEVER leave children or pets alone in the car – even for a few minutes!
Hot days are also a great excuse to make cold treats like frozen fruit, frozen yogurt bites, and homemade popsicles. Check out this link for some fun summer recipes to keep everyone occupied and happy on hot days: http://allrecipes.com/howto/healthy-snacks-frozen-treats/
Enjoy and keep cool!