tips to beat the heat

It’s summertime – time to get outdoors! But beware.

Hiking, horseback riding, mowing the lawn, and even a day on the lake can result in heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Star Valley Health wants to help you avoid these potentially dangerous situations. Here are a few tips to beat the heat:

  • Stay hydrated during extreme heat. Drink water even if you are not feeling thirsty. Avoid too much caffeine and alcohol, which can promote dehydration.
  • Eat food that can be served cold, so you don’t have to use your oven or range.
  • Check on your neighbors, family, and friends.  Watch children and seniors closely, as they are especially vulnerable. 
  • Stay out of the sun when it is at its strongest and avoid extreme temperature changes. Evening and early morning are the best times to get out.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • Watch for the signs of heat illness: headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea, and vomiting. Call 911 and help cool the person until help arrives.  

From all of us at Star Valley Health, have a safe and fun summer!

Sources:

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/heat-is-hard-on-the-heart-simple-precautions-can-ease-the-strain-201107223180 (Accessed 7/1/2021).

https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/rising-temperatures-how-to-avoid-heat-related-illnesses-and-deaths-2020080517582 (Accessed 7/1/2021).

Beat the heat! was last modified: July 7th, 2021 by Star Valley Health
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