Now that the days are heating up, it’s important to remember how to stay cool!
Heat exhaustion is a very serious medical condition that is easier to get than you may think. Left untreated, it can lead to heat stroke, which can be deadly.
The most important thing you can do to avoid heat exhaustion is to drink water.
Always take a bottle of water with you and drink frequently when you’re sweating.
Stay in the shade when possible.
If you absolutely must be out in the sun, rest and drink frequently.
Wear cool clothing that is loose and light colored.
Bulky clothing can overheat you very quickly, and dark colors draw more heat in the sun.
Most importantly, listen to your body!
The first signs of heat exhaustion are dizziness, fatigue, and nausea. You will also probably get a pounding headache and racing pulse. If you feel any of these symptoms, get to a cool place and rest immediately.
Anyone can get heat exhaustion, but it is most common in children and seniors, individuals who are obese, and those taking certain drugs and medications. Heat exhaustion is also most common when it’s very humid.
So, it always pays off to keep an eye on the heat index and take extra precautions any time you work in the heat.