We were fortunate last summer to have only 11 days of temperatures over 90 degrees. If this month is any indication, it looks like it is going to be a hot summer. For those that work and play outside heat exhaustion is a real possibility, it is important to know the warning signs:
Heavy sweating, weakness, cold, pale and clammy skin, fast/ weak pulse, nausea or vomiting or fainting
If you experience these warning signs you need to immediately move to a cooler location, sip water, lie down and loosen your clothing, apply cool wet cloths. If you vomit and it continues, you should seek medical attention immediately.
To prevent heat exhaustion drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), no matter your activity level. Avoid liquids with alcohol or large amounts of sugar, these can actually cause you to lose more fluid. Wear loose fitting, light colored clothing. Limit your outdoor activity to morning and evening hours and avoid very cold drinks, they can cause stomach cramps. Never leave anyone (including your pets) in a closed parked vehicle. Even with the windows cracked, temperatures can reach unsafe levels within minutes.
While anyone can become subject to heat stroke, those that are most at risk are: infants , young children, people over 65 and those that are physically ill (especially heart disease or high blood pressure). This would be a good time to stop in and check on your elderly neighbors!