As the heat turns up outside, it is important to take care of yourself. Heat poses a unique threat to our bodies. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, cooling down when you get too warm, and trying to avoid the heat during the hottest part of the day (approximately 2:00-5:00 PM). Be aware of your body and your limitations. It is important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and stop it before it gets worse. Headaches, dizziness, cramping, and nausea are all symptoms of heat exhaustion. If you think you or someone else is experiencing heat exhaustion, get cooled down as quickly as you can and drink water or a sports drink to replenish your body’s moisture.
While you are out in the sun, make sure you are applying sunscreen frequently. Some recommend applying every two hours and using at least SPF 30. Wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection, and consider a wide-brimmed hat if you will be out for a while or are especially fair-skinned.
Above all, equip yourself to be heat smart and enjoy the summer!