Ask the Chief
With summer comes hot and humid days, and with them the dangers of heat stroke, dehydration, and respiratory problems.
Those that are most vulnerable are those who are currently ill, young children and our more senior community members. The good news is that these concerns are easily avoidable with a little planning and care.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention advises to drink plenty of water and don't wait until you are thirsty.
You should be drinking continually throughout the day so that you are replacing the fluids your body is losing. Avoid alcohol, sugary drinks and those that contain caffeine as they cause your body to lose fluids.
If possible, avoid being out in the direct sunlight and don't go outside in the hottest part of the day. Use fans and air conditioning to stay cool.
If you don't have air conditioning, visit the library or mall to keep cool. Another easy way to stay comfortable and safe is to take a cool shower during the day. It’s both refreshing and a great way to cool your skin and lower your body temperature.
If you must be outside in the heat, wear loose clothing that is lightly colored because dark colors retain heat.
Take frequent breaks and look for shade to work or rest in. While working outside, exercising or playing sports it is recommended to drinking 2-4 glasses of water per hour with a sports drink mixed in to add the minerals that your body is losing as you sweat.
Finally, if you suspect you or a loved one is suffering from the heat, call 911. Heat stroke is a very real and dangerous medical condition where symptoms can occur very quickly and death may result.
Symptoms to look for is very hot skin, lack of sweating, disorientation, vomiting, lethargic movements, or won't wake up.
The best advice I can give is to drink plenty of water and don't push yourself too hard when it is hot outside.