We all look forward to the summer months and fun in the sun. As you and your family get outside to enjoy the weather, follow these tips to avoid heat exhaustion and heat stroke:
- Very high body temperatures could cause damage to the brain or other vital organs. People at greatest risk for heat-related illness include infants and children up to four years old, people 65 and older, and people who are overweight or have certain medical conditions.
- When outside, remember to wear lightweight loose clothing and find shade whenever possible. Fill up on water, especially during and after physical activity.
- Warning signs of heat-related illness include an extremely high body temperature (above 103°F); red, hot, and dry skin; no sweating; rapid heart rate; dizziness; nausea; and fainting. If you notice these signs get out of the heat, rest, drink water and take a cool shower. If symptoms do not improve or get worse, seek medical attention.
- Always wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. Sun block that contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the only two ingredients proven to block out both UVA and UVB rays. Even if you think your exposure to the sun is minimal, it is important to use sunscreen daily. Your skin will thank you.