By Abbie Cornett
While summer is the time most people want to get outside and have fun in the sun, it is important to remember to be safe as the temperature rises. With heat waves sweeping the country this summer, many states are issuing heat advisories and urging people to take precautions to prevent becoming ill.
The high temperatures of summer can be dangerous for all people, but especially for the elderly, the young, and for people who suffer from chronic illness or disease.
But, while this summer is going to be hot one, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the outdoors altogether. It does mean that you should take some basic precautions against the heat, and be aware when you have had enough sun.
The Mayo clinic recommends the follow five tips for being safe in the sun: 1
- Avoid strenuous activities when the heat index is above above 105 degrees Fahrenheit or the dew point is above 70.
- Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water an hour before beginning a workout.
- Maintain fluid intake before thirst begins.
- Avoid exercising in the hottest part of the day.
- Wear loose clothing to allow for circulation.
Besides taking precautions to avoid getting ill this summer, you need to be aware of the symptoms of heat-related illnesses and when to seek medical attention.
Heat-related illnesses can range from mild symptoms such as heat cramps to life-threatening heat stroke. If you or your loved ones are exhibiting the following symptoms, seek immediate medical attention:1
- High body temperature. A body temperature of 104 degrees Fahrenheit or higher is the main sign of heatstroke.
- Altered mental state or behavior. Confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, seizures and coma can all result from heatstroke.
- Alteration in sweating. In heatstroke brought on by hot weather, your skin will feel hot and dry to the touch. However, in heatstroke brought on by strenuous exercise, your skin may feel moist.
- Nausea and vomiting. You may feel sick to your stomach or vomit.
- Flushed skin. Your skin may turn red as your body temperature increases.
- Rapid breathing. Your breathing may become rapid and shallow.
- Racing heart rate. Your pulse may significantly increase because heat stress places a tremendous burden on your heart to help cool your body.
- Headache. Your head may throb.
Following the above tips can help you enjoy your summer even as the temperature rise. Have a fun and safe summer from IG Living!
1. Sparks, D. Heat Wave Forecast To Cook Midwest, Eastern U.S. Mayo Clinic, July 20, 2016. Accessed at