Tips for Staying Cool | Health
As the temperature creeps close to 100 degrees, our ER doctors want to remind the public to stay safe.
“Hot weather illnesses can creep up on you,” says Memorial Hospital’s Dr. Steven Blake. “You have to drink a lot of water and realize that you can get a heat-related illness during any time of the day when it is this hot.”
It is very important for parents to keep an eye on their kids. “A lot of times kids are out running around and they really have to be watched carefully,” Dr. Blake says. “The best advice is to stay inside as much as possible. This is especially important for children and the elderly.”
Here are some other important hot weather tips:
· Drink cool water and other fluids (non-alcoholic and low in sugar) frequently. You should drink water even if you don’t feel thirsty.
· Stay indoors, in an air-conditioned place.
· Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. If outdoors, also wear a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.
· If you must be out in the heat, limit activity to morning and evening hours. Try to rest often in shady areas.
· Check regularly on at risk adults who are older or physically/mentally ill, and closely watch infants and young children for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
· Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.
· Never leave anyone or a pet in a closed, parked vehicle.