May 25th, 2023
This weekend is the unofficial kick-off to summer. With summer comes warmer temperatures. You may be hoping for those hot summer days to lounge by the pool, but staying cool in extreme heat isn’t just for comfort. There are health risks that can affect anyone out in extreme heat.
Any time the heat and humidity are high, the risks of heat cramps and heat exhaustion are serious. When there’s record-breaking highs, heat stroke becomes a serious concern for anyone that is outside. The following tips can help you keep cool all summer long.
- Drink electrolytes in addition to plenty of water
While water is the best way to stay hydrated, it is important to replenish electrolytes that you lose through sweat. Sports drinks, coconut water and electrolyte-infused water are some of the easiest ways to get your electrolytes in the summer.
- Limit caffeine and alcohol
Summer is perfect weather for a cookout with friends and family, but when the heat is extreme, try to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Both contribute to dehydration, and in hot weather, it’s easy to become dehydrated rapidly. Try infused and flavored waters instead.
- Move outdoor work to the early morning or late evening
Things like working out or cutting the grass don’t wait for the temperatures to fall, so do these activities when temperatures are cooler in the early morning or late evening. If the time of outdoor activities can’t be moved, take extra breaks.
- Don’t forget about pets
It’s easy to worry about other people when the days are sweltering, but don’t forget about pets either! They are just as susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Limit their time outside during the day, and put a couple ice cubes in their water bowl to help keep them cool.
The important tip is to use common sense in the extreme heat. If you’re feeling any unusual symptoms while out, go indoors and stay for as long as you can. As long as you use common sense and some of these tips, you’ll be ready for our next stretch of hot weather!