Writer: Victoria Pittman-Miles
How to Keep Cool in Hot Temperatures
Every year, hundreds of people die because of high temperatures. Becoming too hot, can make it hard for the body to handle the heat and cool the body off properly. While there are a few things that can affect the body's ability to cool itself off, like high humidity, age, obesity, illnesses or drug and alcohol use, we can take steps to help prevent heat related illnesses, injuries and deaths during hot weather.
1. Stay in an air-conditioned indoor location as much as possible. By limiting the amount of time, a person spends in high temperatures, it decreases their chances for heat related injuries. If you do not have access to an indoor place, try to visit local public facilities that have access to indoor air conditioning.
2. Stay hydrated. Make sure you are drinking plenty of fluids!! Even if you are not thirsty, drink fluids!! Drinking fluids will help the body to stay hydrated and lower the chances of it becoming over heated. Although it is best to drink water, drinking juice, or even energy drinks are better than nothing!!
3. Schedule outdoor activities carefully. If you must go outside be mindful of the time of day. It is usually hottest between 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Also make sure to wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to allow proper air flow and use sunscreen. Take breaks if you are participating in an outdoor activity and remember to pace yourself.
4. Check your local news. Keeping up to date with the weather, health and safety conditions can really be a huge way to plan for the high temperatures ahead.
5. Never leave pets, children or elderly in the car. It is hot, and no one should be left in car!!! It is also against the law in 28states to leave an animal in a vehicle. Always check for passengers or cargo that could be forgotten.