Temperatures continue to soar, reaching and breaching the century mark. Dehydration is a big concern on super-hot days as it can lead to heat exhaustion, and in more serious cases, heat stroke.
If possible, just stay indoors. But if you must be outside for work or other reasons, especially in the hottest part of the day, follow these tips to stay safe in the heat.
- Stay hydrated with water and electrolyte drinks. Drink before you feel thirsty.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Plan strenuous activity early in the morning or late evening when it’s cooler.
- Avoid alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated drinks.
- Eat plenty of fruits (berries, apples) and veggies (dark leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes).
Persons over the age of 65, those on heart or blood medication, and overweight people are most susceptible to heat stroke. Be sure to check on family and friends who may be vulnerable to the extreme heat.