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Heat Exhaustion Season Begins, How to Stay Safe Out in the Sun

Jaclyn Hughes

As the summer season creeps its way into our lives, tons of exciting adventures are waiting to be enjoyed, lemonade to be sipped, and ice cream to be eaten. While the summer months are generally a time of good spirits and smiles, they can be as equally dangerous as they are fun if safety precautions are not met. Preventing heat exhaustion for one, is a serious topic for children, senior citizens, and pets alike.

You don’t have to reside in Mexico to feel the heat this year, as heat exhaustion can come on suddenly, and even be fatal in many places that aren’t well known for their desert climates. Knowing the symptoms are crucial to avoiding heat exhaustion:

  • Feeling fatigued
  • Fainting
  • Heart rate changes
  • Headache
  • Can’t seem to quench your thirst
  • You stop sweating
  • Nauseous

If you feel you are experiencing these symptoms, call for emergency care immediately. First responders can start the hydration process and get you to a nearby hospital to avoid progressing to the stages of heat stroke, which are very severe. Some methods of steering clear of heat exhaustion symptoms are:

Drink plenty of fluids- before, during, and after your outdoor activities to ensure you’re keeping your body hydrated and cool. Wear the appropriate clothing that allows your body to breathe and keep you cool such as sunhats that cover your face well, sunglasses to protect your eyes, and light fabrics on your body. There are many clothing brands on the market today that actually have UV ray protection built into the fabric for those that have to be outside all day long. Wear sunscreen, and take breaks in the shade as much as possible.

Don’t forget that just as the scorching sun can be damaging to humans, it can be fatal to small children and dogs. Never leave a child or a dog in your vehicle where they can suffer from the effects of the sun.

Fox 4 News recommends always plan accordingly by taking a cooler of drinks, snacks to keep your body fueled properly, and even an umbrella to provide some shade if you won’t be around any buildings or shade.

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