5 Tips to Prevent Heatstroke
For many of us, it seems that the summer season has lasted longer than usual because of COVID-19 and quarantining indoors. After spending so much time inside, we’re all experiencing the itch to go outside, go for a walk, or take any opportunity to get some fresh air! It’s very important to get enough time with nature, but as we approach some of the hottest days of the year, it’s equally important to pay attention to heat exhaustion and signs of heatstroke- a common but preventative condition caused by the body overheating. Heatstroke can bring on symptoms of anxiety, fatigue, irritability, a headache, a racing heart rate, and others. If you start to experience any of these symptoms, please call 911 or seek medical attention immediately. However, there are many ways you can prevent heatstroke and stay attentive to arising symptoms during the hot summer months. Keep these 5 simple yet life-saving tips in mind to keep you and your loved ones safe this season!
1. Wear light clothing.
What you are wearing on your body, especially outside, can alter how comfortable and relaxed you may feel. Wear light clothing and fabrics to give your body breathing room and keep from excessive sweating. Wearing light colors when you are planning on going outside is also helpful, as dark colors can attract the sun and intensify the feeling of heat on your body.
2. Stay hydrated.
Keeping your body hydrated with fluids, especially water, is key to helping you maintain a normal body temperature and sweat as your body needs. Make sure to bring a water bottle with you when you venture outside and make it a priority to drink enough glasses of water each day!
3. Bring a friend if you go for a walk.
Being able to step outside and go for a walk during the summer months is very refreshing and something we wait almost all year to do! Exercising daily and getting your body up and moving is very important, but another way the body can become easily overheated without preparation. When planning on going for a walk, try to do so during the cooler parts of the day, either in the morning or at night. And, ask a friend or a loved one to come with you! This is a great socially distant activity that you can enjoy with another and allows you both to keep each other accountable and look out for possible signs of heat exhaustion.
4. Avoid highly caffeinated or sugary drinks.
While getting enough liquids is important, not all drinks are actually hydrating. Beverages with high caffeine or sugar content can be detrimental to your body retaining enough water and can enhance the feelings of common symptoms, including headache or a racing heartbeat. Try to limit your intake of coffee, sodas, and other sugary drinks, especially when you’re exposed to the sun. And, if you do enjoy one of these beverages, supplement with some water before or after to keep you hydrated!
5. Check-in with your loved ones.
Checking in regularly with your loved ones is a great way to keep yourself accountable and have peace of mind that you have help and support when you need it. Actively talking about your day or your future plans can help you prepare accordingly and ensure that someone knows where you plan to go, and when.
Adhering to these tips can assist with the prevention of heatstroke and heat exhaustion and enjoy the summer season to its fullest! Constantly check-in with your body, be aware of any medications you are taking and consult with your doctor if you experience heightened side effects when exposed to the sun. And, if you need a ride to your next medical appointment, we are here to help. At Metro Trans, we are committed to your comfort and safety. Air conditioning, proper sanitation, and the assistance of experienced professionals help us do just that.