There are plenty of ways to combat the summer heat when it beats down and threatens to make you lose your cool.
When temperatures soar, it is important to remember that summer heat and sun can be dangerous to your health. Although extreme heat leads to hundreds of deaths each year, many are preventable. Here are some great tips for "staying cool" and preventing heat-related illness:
Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate!
Drink plenty of water and fluids before, during and after spending time in the heat, and consider drinking sports drinks to replace the salts and minerals that are lost in sweat.
Avoid the Sun During Peak Hours
The sun is at its strongest between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses to cover up the delicate eye and neck areas.
Lather on the SPF
If you can't avoid going in the sun, use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 and reapply every 2 hours.
Wear the Right Clothes
Light-colored, loose-fitting clothes will keep you cool. Natural fabrics like cotton are cooler than synthetics.
When possible, take breaks from direct sunlight by seeking shade indoors or under an umbrella, tent or pavilion.
Don't Brave it Alone
If you'll be spending time in the hot weather, especially if for sports or physical activity, make sure you have a buddy with you. If something happens, someone will be there to help.
Keep Cool with a Fan
A quick way to cool down after being in the heat is to sit under or in front of a fan or by taking a cool (not cold) shower.
To learn more about the dangers of the heat, particularly Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke, check out this article on our health library! For more information on our services here at Central Florida Regional Hospital, visit us online or give us a call at 407-321-4500.