As the temperatures rise and summer approaches, it’s crucial to prioritize your health and well-being by staying safe in the heat. May 26, 2023 is National Heat Safety Awareness Day so we want to equip you with some valuable tips to help you survive and thrive during hot weather. By taking the necessary precautions, you can enjoy the summer while keeping yourself protected.
- Stay Hydrated: One of the most critical aspects of heat safety is maintaining proper hydration. Dehydration can occur rapidly in hot weather, leading to fatigue, dizziness, and even heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day, even if you don’t feel thirsty. 75% of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic dehydration, drinking an average of 2.5 cups a day. Water is the best choice, but you can also consume fruit juices, sports drinks, or electrolyte-rich beverages to replenish lost minerals.
- Dress Appropriately: Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-colored garments that allow air circulation and reflect sunlight. Breathable fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal choices, as they help wick away moisture and keep you cool.
- Seek Shade and Limit Outdoor Activities: During the hottest parts of the day, typically from late morning to mid-afternoon, it’s advisable to seek shade and minimize exposure to direct sunlight. If possible, plan your outdoor activities for the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. If you must be outside, take frequent breaks in shaded areas and avoid overexertion.
- Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or above before heading outdoors. Reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you’re sweating excessively or swimming. Wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can provide additional protection for your face and eyes. Annually, over 33,000 sunburns are reported that require emergency room visits.
- Check on Vulnerable Individuals: Remember to look out for those who may be more susceptible to heat-related problems, such as the elderly, young children, and individuals with chronic illnesses.
- Never Leave People or Pets in Hot Cars: Leaving anyone, including pets, inside a parked car during hot weather can have tragic consequences. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels within minutes. Always take your loved ones and pets with you when you leave the car. In 2022, 54 animals passed away due to heat–related deaths and another 469 reported animals were rescued from the heat.
Stay cool, hydrated, and protected from the sun’s rays to prevent heat-related illnesses. Celebrate National Heat Safety Awareness Day by spreading awareness and sharing these tips with your family, friends, and community. Stay safe!
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