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.