Summer is upon us and everything gets hotter. Staying cool is key, and heat-related illness can become something to think about. There are three types of heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
Some signs and symptoms of heat-related illness to watch out for are different for the different types. However, some common signs are sweating, headache, dizziness, nausea, or fainting.
Here are some tips to stay cool during the summer and avoid heat-related illness!
- Stay Hydrated. As the weather gets hotter, you sweat more. Replace the fluids your body needs by drinking water or juice.
- Wear Light Clothing. Choose lightweight and light-colored clothing that is not restricting. This will keep you cooler in the hot sun.
- Schedule Outdoors Activities with the Weather in Mind. The afternoon is the hottest part of the day, so try to schedule your activities around this time frame. When outside, rest in the shade to stay cool.
- Pace Yourself. When performing activities in the sun, take breaks and don’t overdo it. If you find yourself experiencing symptoms of heat-related illness, find a cool, shady area and rest.
- Wear Sunscreen. Sunburn is another common form of heat-related illness that results from being in the sun. Wearing sunscreen can prevent painful, itchy skin when you’re in the sun too long.
Everyone likes when summer rolls around (especially in Michigan to balance out our winters), but it’s important to keep these tips in mind to stay safe in the heat!