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!