Staying Cool in the Heat of Summer!

By MAYS Latest Reply 2012-07-11 22:01:54 -0500
Started 2012-07-08 06:43:29 -0500

It's Hot!
Need I say more?
The temperature on thermometer tells it all!

According to the Doctors,, some of the most common problems we face in such high temperatures include dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, skin diseases, heat (or sun) strokes and water-borne diseases like diarrhea.

So what can you do to keep safe, and cool during this summer heat?

Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness
The best defense is prevention.

Here are some prevention tips:

• Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level.
Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.

Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.

• 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 or public library–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.

Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area.

• Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.

• Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.

• NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.

• Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others.

Check regularly on:

o Infants and young children
o People aged 65 or older
o People who have a mental illness
o Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure

• Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

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, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat.

Warning: If you are on a low-salt diet, talk with your doctor before drinking a sports beverage.

Remember the warning in the first “tip” (above), too.

• Try to rest often in shady areas.
• Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat (also keeps you cooler) and sunglasses and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher (the most effective products say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels).

Be safe, and (try to) stay cool!


13 replies

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2012-07-09 18:38:59 -0500 Report

Mays I vended at a festival yesterday and it was 100 degrees with 90% humidity. I took with me in a cooler filled with ice, 2 32 oz bottles of water, a container of watermelon, cheese, ham, sugar free pudding and a pack of Rolos. The candy helped keep my blood sugar up.

Last year at the same festival it was not nearly as hot and I did not do well at all. I did not eat a meal at all yesterday. I ate on Cod Fish Cake, a chicken wing, cheese and crackers, the pudding and most of the candy. By the time we got everything down and packed back in the truck. I had finished all of my water and had to stop to get something to drink on the way home. I ate a sandwich when I got home and was fine.

I noticed that when I have to be in hot weather even staying hydrated and eating a meal isn't enough. Perspiring and movement burns calories and carbs. Thankfully the candy helped more than anything and I wasn't dizzy like I was last year and last year I ate two meals.

This Friday, the Police Department is having an open house and it is going to be hot. Thankfully I will be in the station on and off until I ride with a cop. I will do even better Friday than I did yesterday.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-07-09 05:53:29 -0500 Report

ThanksMays, we are actually looking of a bit of a cool down this week which will be below 80 on some days! We had a nice rainfall yesterday evening, so nice in the mountains! I actually needed a sweatshirt as we grilled hamburgers! :-)

CJ55 2012-07-09 00:17:38 -0500 Report

TY MAYS for all the helpful advice. It has been 100* here for over a week. I stay inside w/air conditioner.

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