Staying safe in the summer heat

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While the South is no stranger to high-heat, this summer may prove intense for even the most accustomed.

It is important to stay safe by follow a few tips on staying healthy during this sweltering summer:

  • Drink plenty of fluids, even when you’re not thirsty.
  • Avoid strenuous physical outdoor activity on particularly hot days.
  • Stay out of direct sunlight if possible.
  • Keep cool: go to places with conditioned/refrigerated air.
  • Wear light-colored clothing and sunscreen.
  • When working or exercising outdoors, pace yourself and use the buddy system.
  • Include salt & minerals in your diet – sweating removes these from your body. Water and sports beverages can help to replenish these. Avoid alcoholic or sugary drinks.
  • Do not leave children or pets in parked cars.

In addition to these tips, it is important to remember that children and the elderly are more prone to heat-related accidents. Monitor these people more carefully.

By altering a few habits and exercising a little common sense, this summer can be enjoyed by all.

Stay safe and have a great summer!

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