It’s important that everyone understands how to avoid heat stroke, especially now that temperatures are at their highest point of the year. Heat stroke, which is a type of hypothermia, occurs when the temperature of the body quickly reaches high elevations. With heat stroke, you may or may not experience dehydration at the same time. While heat stroke is extremely serious, it’s also preventable. We discuss some of the essential hot weather safety tips below.
Avoid Vigorous Physical Activity in Hot or Humid Weather
If you must work outside, complete your tasks early in the morning before the sun has reached its peak for the day. This typically occurs in the late morning to the late afternoon. It starts getting cooler again in the early evening. If you can’t complete your tasks in the early morning, consider postponing them until then.
Drink Plenty of Fluids
The best thing you can do if you must perform physical activity outdoors in very warm weather is keep yourself hydrated. Sports drinks and water help to replace body fluid you lose through sweating. However, caffeinated beverages such as soda and tea can have a dehydrating effect and prevent sweating. Lack of sweating is one of the classic signs of dehydration.
Never Leave a Person or Animal in a Hot Car
Don’t leave babies, children, or pets in a hot car even for a second. If you can’t bring your child or pet inside with you while you run an errand, wait until someone else can stay home so you can run the errand alone. The temperature inside of the car can quickly exceed that of the outside temperature, which means the person or animal left in the vehicle can succumb to heat stroke, which can be fatal.
Take Frequent Breaks
Be sure to step into air-conditioned comfort when you have the chance or at least stand in the shade. Take as many breaks as possible while working for your safety. If your boss gives you a hard time about it, remind them that it’s a basic precaution against heat stroke.
Wear Loose-Fitting and Light Clothing
Wearing heavy clothing or too much clothing means that you could sweat to excess and disrupt your body’s electrolyte balance. Clothing that’s too tight makes it difficult to sweat at all, so aim for breathable, cotton clothing that also makes it easy for you to move.
We’re Here if You Need Us
At PrimeCare Urgent Care, we are available seven days a week until 7:00 p.m. If you’re concerned you or a person with you could have heat stroke, please report to our walk-in clinic in Cummings, Georgia right away. Heat stroke is just one of many conditions we can treat in an urgent care setting.