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Summer officially started on Monday, and we kicked it off with a high of 122 degrees! On the first day of summer, multiple hikers had to be rescued from heat-related illnesses. It is super important to listen to your body for signs of dehydration, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke so that you can try to prevent it from happening. A few ways to prevent heat-related illnesses are:

  • Drink more fluids regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall, public library, or local cooling center.
  • Taking a cool shower or moving to an air-conditioned place is a good way to cool off and prevent illness.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • If you must be out in the heat:
    • Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.
    • Cut down on exercise. If you must exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, non-alcoholic fluids each hour.  A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.
    • Try to rest often in shady areas.

We hope you stay safe and cool out there.