October 24, 2014
The best way to stay safe and beat the heat is to stay inside in the air conditioning.
But if you have to head outdoors, there are definitely some precautions you should take.
First, make sure you apply sun screen SPF 15 or higher.
Cloud cover and water do not protect you from ultra-violet rays.
Wear loose fitting, light clothing and a hat to protect your face.
Also make sure you know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion.
Symptoms include a high temperature, dizziness, nausea, and if you stop sweating.
The elderly, kids and infants are the most susceptible to heat related illness.
And make sure to drink plenty of cool fluids, especially if you're working or doing strenuous physical activity outside.
You lose water and minerals when you sweat and it's important to replace them.
Your best defense is to use common sense.
If you start to feel tired or ill, get out of the heat and wait until you've cooled off to head back outside.
Every year hundreds of people die from preventable heat related causes, so make sure to protect yourself.
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