How Prevent Heat Stroke


Summer season brings extreme temperatures each year, and these high temperatures put people at risk.  To protect your health when temperatures are extremely high, remember to keep cool and use common sense. The following tips are important.

 


Drink Plenty of Fluid

 


Increase your fluid intake - regardless of your activity level. During heavy exercise in a hot environment, drink 2-4 glasses (16-32 ounces) of cool fluids each hour. 


Caution: If your doctor has prescribed a fluid-restricted diet or diuretics for you, ask your doctor how much you should drink. During hot weather, you will need to drink more liquid than your thirst indicates. This is especially true for persons 65 years of age and older who often have a decreased ability to respond to external temperature changes. 


Drinking plenty of liquids during exercise is especially important. However, avoid very cold beverages because they can cause stomach cramps. In addition, avoid drinks containing alcohol because they will actually cause you to lose more fluid.

 


Replace Salt and Minerals

 


Heavy sweating removes salt and minerals from the body. These are necessary for your body and must be replaced. The easiest and safest way to replace salt and minerals is through your diet. 


Drink fruit juice or a sports beverage during exercise or any work in the heat. Do not take salt tablets unless directed by your doctor. If you are on a low-salt diet, ask your doctor before changing what you eat or drink-especially before drinking a sports beverage.

 


Wear Appropriate Clothing and Sunscreen

 


Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. In the hot sun, a wide-brimmed hat will provide shade and keep the head cool. 


Sunburn affects your body's ability to cool itself and causes a loss of body fluids. It also causes pain and damages the skin. A variety of sunscreens are available to reduce the risk of sunburn. The protection that they offer against sunburn varies. 


Check the sun protection factor (SPF) number on the label of the sunscreen container. Select SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself adequately. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors and reapply according to package directions.

 


Pace Yourself

 


If you are unaccustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity, get into a cool area, or at least in the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint.

 


Stay Cool Indoors

 


The most efficient way to beat the heat is to stay in an air-conditioned area. Electric fans may be useful to increase comfort and to draw cool air into your home at night, but do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device during a heat wave. 


When the temperature is in the high 30s or higher, a fan will not prevent heat-related illness. A cool shower or bath is more effective way to cool off. Also, use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home

 


Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully

 


If you must be out in the heat, try to plan your activities so that you are outdoors either before noon or in the evening. While outdoors, rest frequently in a shady area. Resting periodically will give your body's thermostat a chance to recover.

 


Use a Buddy System

 


When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your coworkers and have someone do the same for you. Heat-induced illness can cause a person to become confused or lose consciousness. 


If you are 65 years of age or older, have a friend or relative call to check on you twice a day during a heat wave. If you know anyone in this age group, check on them at least twice a day.

 


Monitor Those at High Risk

 


Groups at greatest risk of heat-related illness include: 

·         infants and children up to four years of age .

·         people 65 years of age or older .

·         people who are overweight .

·         people who overexert during work or exercise .

·         people who are ill or on certain medications

 


Adjust to the Environment

 


Be aware that any sudden change in temperature, such as an early summer heat wave, will be stressful to your body. You will have a greater tolerance for the heat if you limit your physical activity until you become accustomed to the heat. 


If traveling to a hotter climate, allow several days to become acclimated before attempting any vigorous exercise, and work up to it gradually.

 


Use Common Sense

 


Avoid hot foods and heavy meals-they add heat to your body. Do not leave infants, children, or pets in a parked car. Dress infants and young children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with hats or an umbrella. 


Limit sun exposure during the mid¬day hours and in places of potential severe exposure such as beaches. Ensure that infants and children drink adequate amounts of liquids.

 

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