Story by Rachel Sande
With the weather getting warmer, it is important to take some precautions in order to stay safe and healthy in the heat. So today, I have four tips, from the American Red Cross for things you should do to stay safe this summer.
- If you don’t have air conditioning in your apartment, find somewhere cool that you can go during the hottest part of the day, which according to sunsafetyalliance.org, is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. like the Manwaring Center, David O. McKay Library or even the grocery store.
- Drink a lot of water. You should not wait until ou feel thirsty to drink water, according to nps.gov. If you wait until you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
- Avoid wearing dark colored clothes. Because those absorb heat, it’s better to stick with light-colored, light-weight clothing.
- Use the buddy system when outside in excessive heat. Things like heat exhaustion and heat stroke are always possible. There is a difference between heat exhaustion and heat stroke, according to the Mayo Clinic. Heat exhaustion is your body warning you that it is getting too hot, while heatstroke is your body already overheated. Symptoms of heat exhaustion can include fatigue, nausea, headache, weakness, confusion, fainting, weakness and agitation. With heat stroke, the main thing to remember is to get medical attention immediately. Things to look for with heat stroke include loss of consciousness, rapid rise in body temperature, dry skin and convulsions, according to WebMD. It is always better to have a friend to look out for you just in case something happens.
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