Beat the Heat – 3 Ways to Prevent Heat Injury

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are no joke.
Read on for a few ways you can prevent heat-injury this summer.

1. Staying Cool

When the heat index spikes, it’s best to stay in an air-conditioned location. (Tip: If you don’t have AC, a cold shower is more effective than a fan)

If you must be outdoors:

  • wear loose-fitting, light-colored, and lightweight clothing.
  • schedule your activities for later in the evening or early in the morning, when the heat won’t be as intense.
  • wear sunscreen (sunburn can affect your body’s ability to control its temperature).
  • avoid hot meals.

2. Staying Hydrated

It is vital that you drink more fluids when it’s hot out, so don’t wait until you’re thirsty to hydrate. Preventative hydration makes a world of difference. Steer clear of caffeine, alcohol, and excessively sweet foods/drinks, and learn the symptoms of dehydration.

3. Staying Smart

Learn the symptoms of heat-injury.

Check your local news regularly for extreme heat warnings.

Look out for those at greater risk:

  • young children and infants
  • people age 65+
  • those who are overweight
  • people with physical illnesses

At Gardendale Primary Care, we want to help you prevent injury before it happens!
Contact us with any health questions you may have.